Men who skip breakfast are more likely to develop diabetes, say researchers at Harvard School of Public Medicine in the United States.
A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has exposed a link between missing meals and an increased chance of contracting diet-related disease type 2 diabetes.
According to the study, men who walk out the door on an empty stomach are 20% more likely to develop diabetes, than those who eat a meal first thing.
However, men need to consider not only ‘when’ but ‘what’ they eat, say healthy living experts.
Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, tells Diabetes.co.uk: "While it is intuitive that eating three healthy balanced meals a day is good for your health, in this study it is not clear what is meant by breakfast or what it consists of."
The charity recommend individuals eat a healthy balanced diet, rich in fruit and vegetables and low in sugar, salt and fat, which applies to breakfast and all other main meals.
Recent research from the same institution also suggested that men who consumed fizzy drinks had an increased risk of heart disease.