Friday, January 08, 2010

Weighing in on weight

Second of five stroke prevention factors: weight.

Weight control are two easy words to type but two very difficult words to follow. Still, being overweight is a documented, well-known stroke risk factor.

Indeed, weight is a factor that adds to other factors. Says the MayoClinic.com Web site: "Being overweight contributes to other risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes."

People have devoted blogs, books and businesses about weight loss - and this single note won't give you every possible way to do it. The CDC offers some resources. About.com has lots of links. Weight Watchers is a company that has helped people gain weight control for decades. Now, thousands of Americans have gastric bypass surgery.

Controlling weight isn't fun or easy. But it can save your life or the life of someone you love.