Don’t Let Your Man Skip Breakfast, for His Heart’s Sake

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital April 24, 2014

Men who skip breakfast are putting their heart health at risk.

If the important men in your life are not eating breakfast, this might help you to convince them they should.

Men who skip breakfast have a 27 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart disease than those who start the day with something in their stomach, according to BWH and Harvard School of Public Health research that was published in Circulation.

“Men who skip breakfast are more likely to gain weight, to develop diabetes, to have hypertension, and to have high cholesterol,” says BWH researcher Eric Rimm, senior author of the study.

For example, breakfast skippers are 15 percent more likely to gain a substantial amount of weight and 21 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, earlier studies have reported.

This study, the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, found that these men also indulged more heavily in other unhealthy lifestyle choices. They were more likely to smoke, engage in less exercise, and drink alcohol regularly. The researchers analyzed data culled from a 16-year study of nearly 27,000 male health professionals that tracked their eating habits and overall health from 1992 to 2008. During the study period, 1,572 of the men developed heart disease.

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No More Excuses for Skipping Breakfast

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital September 7, 2012

What you choose for breakfast is just as important as eating breakfast.

With school back in session, eating breakfast is more important than ever  for adults as well as children. Studies examining dietary habits suggest that eating breakfast can reduce the risk of obesity and high cholesterol, improve performance on memory-related tasks, minimize impulsive snacking and overeating at other meals, and enhance school performance in children and young adults. And, with a little creativity, the first meal of the day can be one of the best.

What you choose for breakfast is just as important as eating breakfast. It’s the perfect time to start working toward your recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables and three daily servings of whole grains. Choosing high fiber foods (such as nuts or whole grain cereals) have the added benefit of warding off mid-morning hunger by creating a feeling of fullness. Likewise, adding some protein such as seafood, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry, egg, or egg substitute can also aid in suppressing hunger.

If you’re pressed for time, make a grab-and-go breakfast. Wrap a whole-grain tortilla around peanut butter and a banana, or spread peanut butter and jam on whole grain bread and take along a piece of fruit and a carton of low-fat milk. Or stuff a whole-wheat pita with low-fat cream cheese or low-fat cottage cheese and canned sliced peaches.

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