Lifestyle Choices May Reduce Risk of Stroke in Women
New research suggesting that women who follow five healthy habits can cut their risk of stroke in half. A study was done on women over an average of ten years. The cohort study followed approximately 32,000 women in Sweden through the years, having them report on their diet and lifestyles. The average age of female participants was 60 years old.
The 5 Healthy Habits that may reduce risk of stroke by 54%:
- Healthy Diet: Regular fruits and vegetables consumption.
- Moderate Alcohol Consumption: 3-9 drinks per week.
- No Smoking: Don’t do it, or get help quitting.
- Physical Activity: 40 minutes of moderate walking/biking per day with one hour of vigorous activity at least once per week.
- Maintain Healthy Body Weight: BMI below 25.
- Those on a healthy diet had 13% less risk of ischemic stroke (most common type of stroke).
- The more healthy habits you have, the lower your risk for stroke.
- It is never too late to start lowering your risks.
- Further testing needs to be done to see if the same habits can help lower the risk of stroke in men.
- Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States, and most are preventable.
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Susanna Larsson, Ph.D., investigator, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Gregg Fonarow, M.D., professor, cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; Nov. 12, 2014, Neurology, online