The way we live, including our diet, can help determine how healthy we are.
Much of it is down to genetics and some illnesses or conditions are hereditary, but it also depends on what we eat and drink.
Too much of one thing, or too little, can make us ill in a range of different ways.
There are of course plenty of diet choices that can help us reduce our risk of having a serious health problem like a heart attack.
Studies have indicated that the way we eat breakfast may cause us problems in the future.
Could skipping breakfast increase the risk of a heart attack?
Can skipping breakfast increase the risk of having a heart attack?
A study has found that men who skip breakfast have a higher risk of a heart attack.
The research found that men who skip breakfast are 27% more at risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart disease.
It is also believed that other health problems can occur as a result of this common eating trait.
“Men who skip breakfast are more likely to gain weight, to develop diabetes, to have hypertension and to have high cholesterol,” said Eric Rimm, senior author and associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard School.
There have been a number of studies into this subject.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) said of a separate American study: “The researchers found that skipping breakfast was linked to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke risk and people not getting enough vitamins and minerals from their diet.
“One study found that 74% of breakfast skippers did not meet two-thirds of the (American) Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamins and minerals, compared with 41% of those who consumed breakfast.”
What are the best breakfast foods to eat to reduce heart attack risks?
There are plenty of ways that you can have a healthier breakfast.
If you have trouble eating breakfast in a healthy way or don’t eat it at all, then there are certain foods you can eat to make sure you are getting the best out of your diet.
You should make sure you try and limit sugars and refined carbohydrates, as well as excess salt and processed food. A fry-up every now and then is a treat, but should not really be an everyday occurrence.
To have the best diet you can, you need to eat more nuts and seeds, or berries and fruit.
Whole grains or non-starchy vegetables are key. Any meats should be low in fat, as should dairy.
Here are a few breakfast foods for you to try:
Porridge with nuts and berries
Hard-boiled or poached eggs
Avocado on whole grain toast