Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Women’s Stroke Risk by 54%

Women with a healthy diet and lifestyle were shown to cut their risk of stroke by 54% according to a study just published in the Journal of Neurology.

 

Women with a healthy diet and lifestyle were shown to cut their risk of stroke by 54% according to a study just published in the Journal of Neurology.

Five factors were utilized to measure the degree of a “healthy” lifestyle . These were 1.a healthy diet, 2.moderate alcohol consumption, 3. never smoking, 4. being physically active, and 5. a healthy body fat score. Women who were judged to have the health lifestyle which included positive responses for all 5 parameters studied had a 54 percent lower stroke risk.

Susanna C. Larsson, PhD, lead researcher from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, says, “Because the consequences of stroke are usually devastating and irreversible, prevention is of great importance. These results are exciting because they indicate that a healthy diet and lifestyle can substantially reduce the risk of stroke, and these are lifestyle choices that people can make or improve.”

For the study nearly 32,000 women were followed for 10 years after filling out a detailed survey with regard to the lifestyle factors being evaluated. Their risk of stroke was shown to decrease with even just one of the healthy lifestyle factors, improving more with each additional healthy lifestyle factor they followed.

This study ads to the already great amount of research which proves how much a healthy lifestyle can preserve good health and prevent disease. Recently we reported on the dramatic reduction in heart attack risk shown when men followed a health lifestyle.

 

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