You Are Vulnerable to 7 Ailments If You Skip Breakfast

Breakfast is of crucial importance for your health.
Breakfast is of crucial importance for your health. (Image: Essen via Pixabay/ CC0 1.0 )

Frequently, we will skip breakfast if we are late for school or work. However, a study shows that you are vulnerable to seven  ailments if you skip breakfast frequently.

  1.  Gallstones

Bile tends to accumulate with an empty stomach, which might cause the formation of gallstones. If you eat breakfast, the intestinal mucosa will be stimulated and the duodenum will secret cholecystokinin to cause the gallbladder to shrink and discharge the bile into the intestinal tract to help digestion. 

  1. High cholesterol

The cholesterol level in those who do not eat breakfast is 33 percent higher than those who do, and those children with high cholesterol have fatty streaks in their blood vessels, which is the early sign of atherosclerosis. 

  1. Constipation

Food entering an empty stomach will trigger a gastrocolic reflex, which increases the motility of the colon in response to the stretching of the stomach and sends byproducts of digestion in the rectum and defecate. Without breakfast, this process disappears and constipation tends to occur.

  1. Insulin resistance

Insulin functions to lower blood sugar. Without breakfast, no food can be converted to sugar. This secretion of insulin goes missing for the morning time period, which over time leads to insulin resistance and tends to cause diabetes later on.

  1. Aging

A Polish study disclosed that skipping breakfast has an extensive negative impact on one’s outlooks, like those of smoking, drinking, gambling overnight, etc. Your body will consume hepatic starch and protein stored in the body if there is no food in the stomach, which makes the skin dry, with wrinkles and black spots developing over the long term. Thus, one appears to age sooner.


Eating breakfast can reduce risks of heart diseases. (Image: Pixabay)

Eating breakfast can reduce the risk of heart diseases. (Image: Pixabay)

  1. Heart Disease

Skipping breakfast tends to make low-density lipoprotein get stored in the inner surface of vessels and leads to hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis). In addition, a Harvard study found that skipping breakfast puts additional stress and tension on the body. Males who skip breakfast are 27 percent more likely to experience a heart attack or to die as the result of coronary heart disease.

  1. Serious damage to memory and reasoning

Energy (mostly in the form of sugar) consumed by the brain constitutes 20 percent of the energy consumed by the whole body. Studies show that the level of sugar in the body in the morning is positively correlated with one’s working ability. When sugar is lacking, heart cell and brain cell activity is impaired, and you will be listless and even swoon, which over time brings serious damage to the brain and heart.

Benefits of eating breakfast

It is thought that breakfast may stabilize blood sugar levels, which regulate hunger and energy. A study of more than 3,000 Americans found that those who ate breakfast regularly were significantly less likely to be obese or have diabetes than those who skipped it. Workers would be much safer if they ate breakfast before driving. Eating breakfast is also of crucial importance for children’s growth.


Be careful not to eat a too sweet or fatty breakfast because sweets lead to a too high secretion of insulin at one time, and they also promote the accumulation of cholesterol, which can lead to the formation of gallstones; fat also contributes to the formation of gallstones.

More details about the benefits of having a regular breakfast in the original Chinese article:

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