To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome a person has to have three of five specific health problems: a large waistline, resistance to insulin, high blood pressure, low levels of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol), and high triglycerides — a type of fat in the blood.
Twenty-seven years ago, Swedish school children were asked questions about their breakfast habits. Those same school children, now well into adulthood, were recently checked for the risk factors of metabolic syndrome.
Those who, as children, had eaten no breakfast, or an insubstantial breakfast were found to be “68% more likely to have adulthood metabolic syndrome than their peers who ate substantial breakfasts.” The two highest risk factors they found in those who had symptoms were large waistlines and resistance to insulin.
Researchers say further study is required before they can “understand the mechanisms involved in the connection between poor breakfast and metabolic syndrome,” but their research suggests there is a link.
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