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Rise and dine — and give yourself time to digest before bed.
That’s the bottom line from a new study published Thursday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, which found that people who skip breakfast and eat a late dinner have much worse health outcomes after surviving a heart attack.
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In fact, people who did both of these (common) eating habits were four to five times more likely to die, have another heart attack or suffer chest pain within 30 days after leaving the hospital.
“Our research shows that the two eating behaviors are independently linked with poorer outcomes after a heart attack, but having a cluster of bad habits will only make things worse,” wrote study author Dr. Marcos Minicucci, of São Paulo State University in Brazil.
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He also warned that “People who work late may be particularly susceptible to having a late supper and then not being hungry in the morning.”
It’s hard to get a definitive number on what time Americans have their evening meal, however. A 2003 report put the most common US dinner time between 6 and 7 p.m., although plenty of people still reported supping until 11 p.m. or so.
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After all, long working hours are eating into meal times — a recent survey found that Americans work late 2.5 days a week — or, half of the workweek. And half of them admitted to eating more fast food when going into overtime. And those lifestyle factors, combined with a strong economy, have spurred Americans to dine out more and buying more prepared foods.
Now, this new European Journal of Preventive Cardiology does specifically call out heart attack survivors (who were mostly male and at a median age of 60) for being at greater risk of heart problems and early mortality for eating late and skipping breakfast.
But previous research suggests...
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