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Shortened life expectancy by skipping meals – healing practice



How do daily meals affect the risk of death?

If people during the day skipping meals or one in between too short a time interval according to a recent study, it increases risk of premature death. Daily meals therefore seem to have a significant impact on life expectancy.

In a study involving experts from University of Iowa examined how meal frequency, skipping meals, and meal breaks are associated with all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality. The results were published in theJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics“published.

Data from over 24,000 people assessed

In the study, the team analyzed data from 24,011 peoplewho were at least 40 years old and lived in the United States. The data came from National Health and Nutrition Survey by Review 1999-2014 (NHANES).

Researchers analyzed participants’ eating habits and determined premature deaths and underlying causes of death based on death records. Overall, according to experts, during the follow-up period 4,175 deathsStarting from 878 cardiovascular deaths.

Higher risk of death with only one meal a day

Our research has found that people who eat only one meal a day have a higher risk of death than those who eat multiple meals a day‘ reports the author of the study doctor Sun Yangbo in a Press release.

Additionally, participants had no breakfast consumed, a higher risk of fatal cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, people who have made Skip lunch or dinnera generally higher risk for a premature death.

The time interval between meals is important

However, time intervals between meals also played an important role in mortality. Even with three meals a day, the risk of death from all causes increased if two consecutive meals were evenly spaced 4h30 max were consumed, according to the team.

Our results are based on observations drawn from public data and do not imply causality. Nevertheless, what we observed has a metabolic meaning‘ explains the author of the study Dr Wei Bao.

Because if you only eat one meal a day, usually do it greater amounts of energy both recorded what the regulation of glucose metabolism complicated and one after the other metabolic deterioration can lead, according to the research team.

This also applies if the time between meals is too short.

Three meals a day if possible

At a time when intermittent fasting is widely touted as the solution to weight loss, metabolic health, and disease prevention“These study results are particularly important, underlines Doctor Sun.

Because from new discoveries, we can deduce that to spread out over the day if possible Three meals must be consumed, with an interval of more than 4.5 hours between them. (as)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the specialized medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.


  • Yangbo Sun, Shuang Rong, Buyun Liu, Yang Du, Yuxiao Wu, et al. : Skipping meals and shorter meal intervals are associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease in American adults; in: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (published 08/10/2022), Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Elsevier: Food for thought: If and when you eat can impact your mortality (published 11/22/2022), Elsevier

Important note:
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot substitute a visit to the doctor.

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