A Harvard study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation shows that men between the ages of 45 and 82 who regularly skipped breakfast were 27 percent more likely to have a heart attack or develop coronary artery disease and other health problems like high blood pressure.
The researchers maintain that while an association between adults skipping breakfast and hypertension, excess body weight and insulin resistance exits, less evidence links specific eating habits and heart disease – of which hypertension is one of the main causes. To establish this link, in 1992 they began to assess 26,902 U.S. men who did not have cardiovascular disease or cancer. After 16 years 1,527 cases of non-fatal or fatal Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) were diagnosed particularly in men who skipped breakfast (27 percent) and those who ate late at night (55 percent).
However, the researchers concluded that “since the relationship could be explained by other risk factors, these eating habits increased the risk of CHD by increasing the risk of traditional risk factors such as hypertension, body mass index, diet, adequate sleep, physical activity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.”
Although the study was done in older men, researchers say the results “may likely apply to the broader population as a whole.”
People with hypertension need to consider all options to lower their blood pressure and thus their risk of CHD and other life-threatening conditions. Besides healthy, balanced and regular eating habits, there are home-use devices, like RESPeRATE, that actually treat hypertension. RESPeRATE is the first medical device clinically proven to lower blood pressure. By interactively guiding the user through unique breathing exercises that relax constricted blood vessels, blood pressure levels are reduced.