Navigation Links
Stroke Risk Plummets With Healthy Lifestyle

Quitting smoking, eating properly and exercising protects your brain, study finds

MONDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Living a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of stroke by about 80 percent, new research suggests.

Women who pursued healthy habits -- not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and drinking moderate amounts of alcohol -- had a 79 percent reduced risk of any stroke, and an 81 percent decreased risk of ischemic stroke. Men living healthy lives cut their overall risk of stroke by 69 percent and their risk of ischemic stroke by 80 percent. An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, and it occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked.

"We've previously found that a low-risk lifestyle was very important in preventing coronary heart disease and diabetes, and now we've also found that these healthy habits can lower your risk of stroke," said study author Stephanie Chiuve, a research associate in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The findings are published in the Aug. 26 issue of Circulation.

In the United States, stroke remains the third leading cause of death, and a major cause of permanent disability, according to the study.

Using data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, Chiuve and her colleagues included more than 71,000 women and almost 44,000 men for the new study. The study contained information gathered every two years on smoking status, weight, physician-diagnosed information on high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and the use of medications, including aspirin and vitamin E supplements. Physical activity was assessed with a questionnaire.

The researchers defined a low-risk lifestyle by five factors: not smoking; at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days; drinking no more than a glass of alcohol daily for women and up to two for men (one drink is 4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or one-and-a-half ounces of hard liquor); having a body-mass index under 25 in middle age; and eating a healthy diet, which means a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, soy, nuts and more lean meat, along with taking a multivitamin for at least five years.

Individually, any one of these factors can have an impact on your stroke risk. For example, the study found that quitting smoking reduced the risk of stroke by about 50 percent, while having a glass of alcohol each day can cut the risk by 10 percent.

But, when all healthy lifestyle factors were combined, the risk of stroke dropped by about 80 percent.

"A healthy lifestyle is associated with an 80 percent lower risk for ischemic stroke compared to people who have none of these lifestyle factors," said Chiuve, who added that "more than half of ischemic strokes might have been prevented if everyone adhered to these healthy lifestyle factors."

Dr. Paul Cullis, chief of neurology at St. John Hospital in Detroit, said, "These things you can do yourself without your doctor's intervention are very important in making you healthier. This study tells us that we're in the driver's seat, and hopefully gets people more engaged in the process of trying to make themselves healthier."

More information

The American Heart Association has more advice on what you can do to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.

SOURCES: Stephanie Chiuve, Sc.D., research associate, department of nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Paul Cullis, M.D., chief, neurology, St. John Hospital, Detroit; Aug. 26, 2008, Circulation

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many Miss Out on Stroke Treatment
2. GI Bleeding After Stroke Raises Death Risk
3. Fish May Ward Off Dementia and Stroke
4. Telemedicine leads to better stroke treatment decisions
5. The SCOOTER Store Partners With Angel Wings to Donate Power Chair to Teenage Cancer/Stroke Patient
6. Gene Could Boost Stroke Risk for Migraine Sufferers
7. Secondhand Smoke Raises Stroke Risk for Spouses
8. New study finds smoking predicts increased stroke risk for your spouse
9. Beijing pollution may trigger heart attacks, strokes
10. Warfarin Safer Than Heparin for Some Strokes
11. Many more strokes
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... VA (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Preparing ... 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST, , FDA has long asserted ... CLIA regulations apply to performing the tests and do not meet the device regulations. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... advisory organization, is pleased to welcome Winter-Dent & Company as its newest Partner ... day one to become a client's most trusted advisor regardless of whether that ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... With Thanksgiving right around the ... safety tips to help protect your family and vehicle. , According to the National ... Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Amica is sharing the following safety tips from the NHTSA: ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dr. Rodney E. Willey , has answered a new ... Center for Sleep Disorders, provides treatment for snoring and sleep apnea through oral ... Koala Center for Sleep Disorders in the US, one of four in the Illinois area. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 24, 2015 , ... Dr. Kevin Day, local family chiropractor in Warsaw ... this holiday season. During the Indiana winter months, Vitamin D deficiency can lead ... at AlignLife want to help provide the tools needed to combat it this year! ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  BioPlast Manufacturing, ... the medical research, clinical diagnostic and biotech environments, ... leading manufacturer of quality petri dishes. This acquisition ... clients a platform of products that are designed ... with the highest quality.  ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... brand Revo has debuted a new capsule collection ... Bono as part of the " Buy Vision, Give Sight ... than 5 million people by 2020.  --> ... sale of every pair of Revo sunglasses, including Bono,s "Vision ... to the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" initiative. These funds will ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... USA , Inc. (OTCQB: WCUI), today provided an update ... to targeted dermatology markets in Boston , ... North Carolina . This follows earlier shipments to the ... , and New York dermatology markets. ... reported on October 1, 2015 will be realized in the pending quarter, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: