Why Would Skipping Breakfast Increase Chronic Kidney Disease Patients' Risk Of Heart Attack?

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Chronic Kidney Disease patients should diligently eat their breakfast because people who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of having a heart attack than those who ate a morning meal, poses a Harvard study. These findings suggest that not eating breakfast contributes to people being hungry later and eating larger meals  which forces the  body to process a larger amount of calories in a short period of time. Kidneybuzz.com recommends eating smaller amounts of food over a longer period of time to avoid spikes in sugar levels and developing clogged arteries. 

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Generally, CKD patients who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier renal based diet. Still, as many as 18% of adults in the United States skip breakfast on a consistent basis. The study was unable to clarify whether a fatty, sugary breakfast is better than no breakfast at all but it is likely that eating a well-balanced breakfast selection offers ideal outcomes for CKD patients. The message of this study is simple, breakfast is an important meal. You should, to the best of your ability, attempt to start every morning off (before or after dialysis treatment) by limiting sugars, protein (unless otherwise told by your dietician), phosphorus, potassium and sodium.

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Typically, you should choose carbohydrates that are low in added sugars, contain some fiber and minimal potassium and phosphorous. Whole grain is a great source of fiber and nutrients so you may want to discuss with your dietician ways you can incorporate it into your diet while maintaining your mineral balance. Otherwise choose breads made from refined white flours such as English muffins, dry breakfast cereals, cream of wheat or grits. Milk is often limited to 4-oz servings because of the Calcium concentration and protein content. However, you can seldom go wrong with appropriate fruits in moderation such as blueberries, apples, cranberries, peaches, pears, grapes, blackberries or raspberries. Always work with your dietician before making any changes to your diet to ensure they meet your specific nutritional needs.

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References:

"Skipping Breakfast May Increase Heart Attack Risk." USA Today

"Renal Diabetic Diet for Breakfast." LIVESTRONG.COM

"Fruits And Vegetables That Are Acceptable For Chronic Kidney Disease Patients." KidneyBuzz.com