Stuart Miller tries to never miss breakfast and that could be keeping his heart healthy.
"Some form of yogurt, some form of granola, add some honey, it's a new super food and I mix it altogether," Miller said.
Now, a new study finds men who skip breakfast could be damaging their hearts. Harvard researchers analyzed data on more than 25,000 men ages 45-82 and found those who regularly missed breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from heart disease.
"We see that men who skip breakfast tend to have other habits that are unhealthy. They are more likely to be smokers, less active," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum of Lenox Hill Hospital.
Researchers say even with healthy men, skipping breakfast can have a negative effect on the body and may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which are risk factors for heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. While the study only looked at men, experts say the study findings should also apply to women.
"What this study is showing us is it's not just what you eat, but it's how you eat," Steinbaum said.
Miller is a high school phys ed teacher and says he doesn't like how he feels when he skips breakfast.
"You are just feeling not yourself," he said. "My first period of the day with my class is at 8:10. If I'm doing aerobics with them or lifting weights, by the end of that first period-- 9:10 a.m., I'm usually very hungry."
The 52-year-old hopes eating right, especially in the morning, and exercising will keep his heart fit.
The study also found men who ate late at night after they went to bed had a 55 percent higher risk of heart disease. But researchers say they weren't convinced this was a big concern because most men in the study said they didn't do that.
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