611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

Health Choice Integrated Care crisis Line
1-877-756-4090

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...


Wellness and Personal Development
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Plants Will Not Boost Your Home's Air Quality: StudyHealth Tip: Ridesharing SafetyHealth Tip: Autumn Driving SafetyTV Binges, Video Games, Books and Sports Taking Toll on SleepSurvey Shows Americans Feel StressedDon't Get Along With Family? Check Your HealthHow to Head Off Holiday Weight GainClimate Change a 'Threat to Human Well-Being,' Scientists SayHealth Tip: Bundle Up on Cold, Windy DaysGet Healthier With a Mental ResetAre You Lonely? Your Tweets Offer Important Clues, Experts SayDaylight Saving Time Bad for Health, Experts ClaimMore Reasons Why You Must Manage Your StressWith Time Change, Use That Extra Hour for SleepAHA News: Your Neighborhood's Walkability May Be A Trick-Or-Treat For Your Heart All YearToo Little Time to Exercise? Survey Suggests OtherwiseAlmost Half of Americans Have Been Sleepy Behind the WheelHealth Tip: The 'Wall Test' For Good PostureCould Screens' Blue Light Make You Old Before Your Time?Health Tip: Prioritizing Your WellnessThe Wellness Boost of a Purposeful LifeHealth Tip: Planning a Stress-Reducing VacationWhy Maintaining a Healthy Weight Is Important in AdulthoodAHA News: The Road to Better Exercise Might Be in Your PlaylistAre You Eating More Calories Than You Think?How Fast You Walk Might Show How Fast You're AgingTying the Knot Is Tied to Longer Life Span, New Data ShowsCould Eating Healthier Be a Natural Antidepressant?'Smartphone Slouching' More Serious Than It SoundsAHA News: What's Your Sense of Purpose? The Answer May Affect Your HealthYour Furry Best Friend Might Extend Your LifeWhen Income Drops, Young Adults' Brains May SufferSeaside Living Soothes the Mind of Rich and Poor AlikeAHA News: Make Neighborhoods Green for Heart Health? The Idea Is Taking RootHow to Wait Out a Blue MoodOverweight Dog, Overweight Owner?Close Friendships Boost Your Self-Esteem, and Vice Versa: StudyEvidence Builds That Optimism Might Lengthen Your LifeMaking Lifestyle Changes You Can Live WithAmericans Are Still Eating Too Many 'Bad' CarbsSecond Thoughts About That Tattoo? Here's Some AdviceLow Vitamin D Levels, Shorter Life?Just 2 Weeks on the Couch Starts to Damage Your BodyHealth Tip: Taking a Mental Health DayAre You Just a Worrywart or Is It Something More?Online Learning: What's in It for You?10 Quick Tips for a Healthier, Safer LifeHow to Keep Your Bones Strong and Prevent FracturesHow Your Genes Affect the Number on Your ScaleFitter Bodies Make for Healthier Brains, Study Finds
LinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Smoking
Anger Management
Stress Reduction and Management

Skipping Breakfast Could Be a Bad Move for Your Heart

HealthDay News
by By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Apr 23rd 2019

new article illustration

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Think breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day?

Think again, say researchers behind a new study that found the risk of heart-related death rises dramatically for folks who skip the morning repast.

Compared to people who always ate breakfast, those who say they never did had a 87% higher odds of dying from heart-related causes, according to a study that tracked the health of 6,550 Americans for about 20 years.

The odds for stroke, in particular, were especially elevated if people said they always skipped breakfast. These individuals had more than three times the odds of fatal stroke, compared to people who said they always ate in the a.m.

Why is skipping breakfast such a toxic habit? Researchers led by Dr. Wei Bao of the University of Iowa said there could be many reasons.

Most notably, skipping breakfast is tied to a boost in appetite later in the day, which "might lead to overeating later," the research team said. Chronic overeating could bring on obesity.

Insulin sensitivity -- a hormonal factor that's linked to obesity and diabetes -- is also impaired when the morning "fast" lasts too long, Bao and his colleagues said. Holding back on breakfast might also affect other hormonal processes that could help raise blood pressure, they said.

Finally, waiting too late in the day to begin eating has also been linked to a worsening of cholesterol, the research team said.

One heart expert agreed it's healthier to eat something soon after rising.

"It has been well-documented that eating a complete breakfast leads to better cardiovascular health," said Dr. Mohammad Imam, who wasn't involved in the new study. He directs cardiothoracic surgery at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City.

More Americans than ever are opting out of a morning meal, Bao and his team noted.

"There has been an increasing prevalence of skipping breakfast over the past 50 years in the United States, with as many as 23.8% of young people skipping breakfast every day," they said.

How might that affect long-term heart health?

To find out, Bao and colleagues tracked the death rates of 6,550 Americans ages 40 to 75, starting in 1988 and ending by 2011. They found that about 16% said they ate breakfast either "never" or "rarely."

After adjusting for race, age and gender, always skipping breakfast raised the odds for death from any cause by 19%, the study found, and by 87% for deaths tied to heart events such as heart attack or stroke.

The findings were published April 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Of course, the study couldn't prove cause and effect. But another cardiologist who reviewed the results said the findings make sense, especially when it comes to the risk for obesity.

"Many people try to skip meals throughout the day to lose weight, but often this backfires and leads to overeating/binge eating at the end of the day," explained Dr. Sunny Intwala. He directs sports cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Intwala stressed that what folks eat for breakfast is key as well.

If breakfast means "pastries and breakfast cereals with up to 20 grams of sugar per serving, it is hard to see how eating these types of foods will lead to decreased health risks in the long run," Intwala said.

Instead, "I recommend skipping these items and choosing a nutritious breakfast with whole-grain cereals, fruits, nuts and high-quality protein," he said.

"Getting off to a good start at the beginning of the day can lead to better decision-making [on nutrition] throughout the day," Intwala added.

More information

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has more on heart-healthy foods.