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Obesity leads to Stroke : Is it a myth or reality?

 

Worldwide, stroke and obesity show an increasing number of incidence. Being overweight increases your risk of having an ischemic stroke by 22%. If you’re obese your risk increases by 64%. Nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese.

 

Obesity can increase the risk of stroke due to inflammation caused by excess fatty tissue . This can lead to difficulty in blood flow and an increased risk of blockage, both of which can cause strokes.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 2.3 billion adults (31.3%) were overweight and more than 700 million (9.6%) were obese. Obesity is an established risk factor for the development of vascular diseases such as stroke.

 

Two of the best ways to lower your risk of stroke are by eating a heart healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, eating sensible portions and being physically active on a regular basis .

 

It’s best to talk to your doctor about the weight you should aim to be, as it’s different for everyone. Calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) can be a good way to check if you're a healthy weight. It takes into account that people come in different shapes and sizes, by comparing your weight against your height. People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese. Research have shown that obesity is one of the risk factors that can be changed in order to help decrease your risk of having a stroke. #stroke #strokecare #mildstroke #silentstroke #strokedoctor #strokespecialist #specialist #neurologist #physician #winnielimkhoo #manila #philippines #health #nutrition #exercise #consultation #tips #advise

 

 

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