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Two Professors Comment on Evidence that Eating Breakfast to Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Philip Ades, M.D., professor of medicine

A new study by Harvard researchers, published in the journal Circulation, finds that men who routinely skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease compared to men who ate breakfast. The researchers explained that eating breakfast was like a reset button for your body's internal clock.

Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., UVM professor of nutrition and food services, and pediatrics, is convinced by the evidence that breakfast is beneficial, but advises not to expect any miracles. "If you're not a breakfast eater, don't just add the calories on top of what you're doing and expect you're going to be be miraculously healthier," National Public Radio quotes Dr. Johnson.

Phillip Ades, M.D., professor of medicine, is quoted by New England Cable News, saying that other studies have also shown that skipping breakfast can lead to risk factors, including diabetes and hihg blood pressure. "I wouldn't say the first thing everyone should do is go out and eat breakfast," he clarifies, explaining that cardiovascular health is affected by many different lifestyle choices.

Listen to Dr. Rachel Johnson on National Public Radio.

Watch Dr. Phillip Ades on New England Cable News.