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Metabolic syndrome is more likely to affect adults with poor breakfast habits. Teens who skipped breakfast were more likely to develop metabolic syndrome later in life, compared with adolescents who had more substantial breakfasts. Missing morning meals raises the risk of diabetes & obesity later on in life.

Healthy Breakfast Prevents Metabolic Syndrome

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of risk factors that increases the risk for heart disease as well as other health problems. It refers to a cluster of conditions such as high blood pressure, elevated fasting glucose levels, abdominal fat and high triglyceride levels that increases stroke and diabetes risk in later life.

Risk Factors For Metabolic Syndrome:

There are 5 risk factors for the metabolic syndrome, namely:

  1. Large waist size –  40 inches or larger for men and 35 inches or larger for women
  2. High Triglycerides – 150 mg/dL or higher
  3. Low HDL cholesterol  - less than 40mg/dl for men and less than 50mg/dl for women
  4. High blood pressure – more than 135/85 mm Hg
  5. High fasting blood sugar level – 100 mg/dL or higher

Umea University researchers found that teens with bad breakfast habits faced a higher incidence of developing metabolic syndrome some 27 years later.

Eating poor breakfasts negatively effects blood sugar regulation. Central obesity and elevated fasting glucose levels are strongly linked with bad breakfast habits in teens.

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Earlier studies have shown that skipping breakfast is especially detrimental to overweight women, in that it appears to temporarily bring about insulin resistance – a well-known risk factor for diabetes – in this group.

The study by Swedish researchers shows that young adolescents who avoided breakfast or didn’t eat a healthy breakfast faced a 68% higher risk of getting metabolic syndrome in adult years, compared with teens who had taken more substantial morning meals in childhood.

Importance of a Healthy Breakfast:

A healthy breakfast primes you for the day ahead. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that a healthy breakfast is the key to good health. Eating a nutritious breakfast can improve fertility for women affected with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and reduce the risk of blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

What’s more, skipping breakfast tends to increase the urge for high-calorie foods in the latter half of the day.

Shil Mitra

Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger and a social media enthusiast.

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