7 Things You're Doing To Cause A Stroke



(BlackDoctor.org) — Stroke is the number three killer in the United States, affecting almost 800,000 people each year, according to the National Stroke Association. These “brain attacks” occur in two ways, either when blood flow to the brain is interrupted (an ischemic stroke) or when a blood vessel in the brain leaks or bursts (a hemorrhagic stroke). For 144,000 people each year, the result is death. Hundreds of thousands of others are left with long-term disabilities.

Both uncontrollable and controllable risk factors play important roles in deciding who get strokes and who does not, such as genetics, age and race – for example, the prevalence of stroke in blacks is about twice that of whites. Also, stroke prevalence is more than twice as high in individuals with fewer than 12 years of education, compared to college graduates. In addition, stroke risk in people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is double that of the general population, according to various studies.

Out of all the various stroke risk factors, scientists have found that the below seven are at the very top:

7. Eating A High-Fat Diet

The same foods associated with heart attacks, including red meat and anything fried, can also raise your risk of a brain attack. At the recent American Stroke Association’s (ASA) International Stroke Conference, researchers from the University of North Carolina presented findings that post-menopausal women who consumed high-fat diets had 40 percent more incidences of ischemic stroke than low-fat eaters. Trans fats, found in processed foods like pastries and crackers, seem particularly nasty: The group of women who consumed seven grams of trans fat each day had 30 percent more stroke incidents than those who ate one gram.

So what to eat instead? Multiple studies suggest that a Mediterranean-inspired diet can lower stroke risk. That means lots of vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts and seeds, and very little red meat and sweets.