Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time for younger set to start taking care

Once again, we're seeing more concerns about young people and stroke risk. for older people, the rate of stroke is declining. For people younger, there seems to be trouble. Read this article how stroke incidence is down and survival up -- for some:
These stroke incidence data appear to reflect both positive and negative trends in stroke prevention and treatment over the last few decades, Koton said.
Photo from U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
On the plus side, increased use of statins and hypertension medications and a dramatic decline in smoking may largely explain the lower stroke rate among people over the age of 65, while the rise in obesity and diabetes in younger adults could explain the lack of progress in reducing stroke incidence in younger adults, Koton told MedPage Today.
"More younger adults are obese, and when obesity increases so does hypertension and diabetes," she said. "Hypertension is the main risk factor for stroke. I think this is a warning sign for us to take these risk factors as seriously in younger people as we do in older people."
Yes - time for ALL ages to take stroke risk factors SERIOUSLY.


J.L. Murphey said...

Of course there is a rise in younger strokes. Look at the lifestyles ...x-box, computers, and junk foods galore. There is no encouragement from the parents to do anything but be stuck with eyes glued to a screen. The rise in before 50 heart attacks is also on the rise.

Jeff Porter said...

Amen! There's too much encouragement for a sedentary lifestyle.