Eating late and skipping breakfast raises risk of death
[Cardiovascular Business, 4/22/19] Eating a late dinner and skipping breakfast could raise heart patients’ risk of a repeat MI or death by up to fivefold, according to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology April 17.
Eating a late dinner and skipping breakfast could raise heart patients’ risk of a repeat MI or death by up to fivefold
Passing on breakfast has long been associated with poorer overall health, study author Marcos Minicucci, MD, PhD, and colleagues wrote in the journal, and we know people who opt for late-night meals are also more likely to smoke and be physically inactive.
But it’s not as clear how those habits affect patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS).
“It is said that the best way to live is to breakfast like a king,” Minicucci, of Sao Paolo State University in Brazil, said in a release, noting the most beneficial breakfasts will include dairy, carbohydrates and whole fruits and comprise up to 35% of a person’s total daily caloric intake. He and his team included 113 patients in their study, all of whom were ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI) patients who were asked about their eating behaviors on admission to a coronary ICU.
For the purposes of the study, the authors considered skipping breakfast as eating nothing before lunch—excluding drinks like coffee and water—at least three times a week. Late-night dinners weren’t necessarily meals eaten late at night, but rather dinners eaten within two hours of bedtime at least three times a week.
Almost all participants, who were on average 60 years old and 73% men, reported they ate late at night, even if that didn’t meet the study’s “late dinner” threshold. Using the authors’ definitions, 51% of the pool said they ate a late meal, 58% reported skipping breakfast and 41% reported both behaviors…………
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