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Breakfast, health, . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 15 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2096

Breakfast and heart disease

A recent systematic review in The BMJ failed to reach a definite conclusion about the value of eating breakfast for people wanting to lose weight (BMJ doi:10.1136/bmj.l42). Although a large longitudinal study from the US throws no more light on this question, it did discover an association between breakfast and heart disease (J Am Coll Cardiol doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2019.01.065). People who never ate breakfast had double the cardiovascular mortality of those who ate breakfast every day. A direct causal link seems unlikely, but the observation might be useful in flagging up a high …

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