Have You Had Breakfast this Morning? Stroke is linked to Breakfast Denial in a Recent Study

Breakfast Denial Linked to Stroke


According to a recent research, stroke (especially the brain hemorrhage) can be prevented by eating breakfast every day.The researchers studied, 82,772 Japanese men and women aged 45 to 74 years without a history of heart disease or cancer for a period of 15 years; and questions were asked about breakfast-eating habits .They were grouped weekly according to number of times they had breakfast –0 to 2 weeks, 3 to 4 weeks, 5 to 6 weeks and so on. It was discovered that in 15 year, there were a total of 3,772 strokes, including 1,051 of the brain hemorrhage type, and 870 cases of coronary heart disease.

The researchers were able to show that ‘those who never ate breakfast had higher risks for heart disease and stroke, and particularly higher risk for brain hemorrhage strokes, compared with those who ate breakfast every day’. However the link between the frequency of breakfast eating and the risk for heart disease was not known.

The study also included that those who eat breakfast are less likely to develop high blood pressure when compared to those who starve breakfast. Several previous studies have shown that brain hemorrhage strokes happen more frequently in the morning, and other studies have reported drops in blood pressure from eating breakfast. Other past studies have shown a link between the frequency of breakfast and the risk for heart disease in American men; some more previous reports from both Western and Asian countries have shown missing breakfast has been tied to a higher prevalence of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar levels, which are well-known risk factors for heart disease the researchers say.

They however said what makes their study different is the large cohort’s data used in the study. Brain hemorrhages is what is common in Japan, and fewer people have heart disease compared to Western countries.

This is an observational study and so many things were yet unaccounted for said the researchers. They advised more works to be done in this regard.





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