A 2019 report from the EPIC-Oxford study showed that meat eaters were more likely to have heart disease but less likely to have a particular kind of stroke, called a hemorrhagic stroke, compared with vegetarians. Hemorrhagic stroke refers to bleeding in the brain. The part about meat eaters being more likely to have heart disease is no surprise. But what about stroke? What is the relationship between meat and stroke? Are meat eaters somehow better off?
In a word, no. A 2016 meta-analysis showed that eating meat increases the risk of ischemic stroke, which is the common type of stroke caused by a loss of blood supply to the brain. Continue reading “Meat and Stroke”
Strokes are the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes happen when the brain’s oxygen supply is cut off, destroying vital nerve cells. In the U.S., 795,000 people have a stroke every year and about 14,000 of them die. And although there are some uncontrollable risk factors associated with strokes, such as age, gender (men have a higher risk than women), and family history, there are various underlying factors that can be controlled and prevented.
There are two types of strokes. The most common is an ischemic stroke, Continue reading “6 Tips to Prevent Strokes”
We lost a family member to a stroke this past weekend. Unfortunately it has not been the first time we have been affected by strokes. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, as well as the the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Looking back, the risk factors were all there, many of them preventable.
A stroke, which is basically an attack on the brain, occurs when part of the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients because of an interruption in blood flow. The result is death of brain cells. There are two primary types of strokes. An ischemic stroke occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is blocked – for example, by a piece of atherosclerotic plaque, a blood clot or a spasm in an artery. Continue reading “What You Can Do to Prevent a Stroke”
We all know that a healthy diet can have a big impact on your overall well being, but a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals which foods we need to eat more of and which foods we need to eat less of to decrease mortality from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
According to this study, poor diet is the cause of at least half of deaths from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. In 2012, about 700,000 Americans died from these diseases and diet was linked to nearly 319,000 of these deaths. This study suggests that changing Americans’ dietary habits could have a significant impact on the risk of death from these diseases. Continue reading “10 Foods That Can Increase or Decrease Life Expectancy”
Rich in antioxidants, mineral, vitamins, fiber and low in fat, fruits are an essential part of a healthy diet. Not only do they taste great, a new study out of the University of Oxford and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences suggests that eating fresh fruit daily may help prevent heart attacks and strokes. In fact, eating a piece of fresh fruit had them same effect as taking a statin. “An apple a day” can be pretty sage advice, after all.
Researchers looked 500,000 adults from 10 urban and rural localities across China. The team tracked study participants’ health for 7 years through death records and electronic hospital records of illness, and found that the individuals who regularly ate fresh fruit, mainly apples and oranges, were less likely to die from cardiac complications, compared to those who rarely or never added fruit to their diet. Continue reading “An Apple a Day Keeps Heart Attacks Away”