Monday, June 28, 2010

Ten risk factors: You can impact all of them

Recent research identified the 10 risk factors for stroke:
The new study compared risk factors among 3,000 people who had a stroke to those of 3,000 age- and sex-matched individuals who did not have a stroke. Study participants came from 22 countries.

The 10 risk factors that account for 90% of stroke risk are:

  • History of high blood pressure
  • Current smoking
  • Abdominal obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor diet
  • More than 30 drinks per month or binge drinking
  • Ratio of blood fats known as apolipoprotein B (apo B) to apolipoprotein AI (apo AI)
  • Heart disease
  • Psychosocial stress/depression
Now, for some of these, genetics might play a part. But for all of these, people with these risk factors can at least attempt to at least semi-control them. And it's worth the effort - a brain is at stake.

(Image from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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