The 2 Things That Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
Foods4BetterHealth.com, a new food and nutrition web site that believes that eating right can prevent diseases, ward off illnesses, and help people feel healthier and younger than ever, is reporting on a new study, which found that there are two factors that increase the risk of heart disease in American males.
As Foods4BetterHealth notes (http://www.foods4betterhealth.com/the-2-things-that-increase-your-risk-of-heart-disease-4013), the study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, studied over 26,000 middle-aged and elderly American male health professionals. The prospective study, conducted over a period of 16 years, wanted to analyze the factors that could increase the risk of heart disease in men. The study found that two factors increased the risk of heart disease: skipping breakfast and eating a late-night snack. (Source: “Prospective study of breakfast eating and incident coronary heart disease in a cohort of male US health professionals,” Circulation July 23, 2013; 128: 337-343.)
As the Foods4BetterHealth article “The 2 Things That Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease,” notes, the researchers found that men who skipped breakfast increased their risk of heart disease by 33%, compared to men who did not skip breakfast. Men who ate a midnight snack also had a 55% increased risk of heart disease, compared to men who did not eat late at night.
The Foods4BetterHealth report notes that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and, while genetics and family history can play a part in developing this disease, lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise, also play a significant role. The researchers say that lifestyle factors, such as not skipping breakfast and not eating late at night, as their study found, can help prevent heart disease. (Source: “Heart Disease Facts,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site; http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm, last accessed August 22, 2013.)
The Foods4BetterHealth report concludes that about half of all Americans have one of the three key risk factors for heart disease—high LDL cholesterol, smoking, and high blood pressure—and two of these risk factors have to do with one’s diet. Therefore, making small dietary changes, such as eating a healthy breakfast, can help decrease the risk of heart disease.
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