Breakfast Consumers have a Lower Cardiometabolic Risk

Breakfast Consumers Have a Lower Cardio-metabolic Risk

Recent studies suggest that regular breakfast eaters are less likely to develop heart disease and diabetes. Encouraging consumption of a healthy balanced diet by all members of the family could hold health benefits beyond provision of nutrition in a region where non-communicable diseases are rapidly growing problems and a major cause of illness and death1

Men who usually skip breakfast have been found to be one quarter (27%) more likely to develop Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), 15% more likely to experience substantial weight gain and 21% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to men who regularly eat breakfast2. This may be due to altered metabolic effects such as increased lipids and impaired insulin sensitivity. Similar results have also been reported for women3 and young adults4.


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  1. Musaiger AO et al (2011) The paradox of nutrition-related diseases in the Arab Countries: the need for action. International Journal of Environmental Research and public health 8: 3637-3471
  2. Cahill et al. (2013) Prospective study of breakfast eating and incident coronary heart disease in a cohort of male US health professionals. Circulation 128: 337-343
  3. Mekary et al. (2013) Eating patterns and type 2 diabetes risk in older women: breakfast consumption and eating frequency. Am J Clin Nutr 98: 436-443
  4. Odegaard et al. (2013) Breakfast frequency and development of metabolic risk. Diabetes Care 36: 3100-3006