Lower Stroke Risk With The DASH Diet

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. affecting nearly 800,000 people. Black men and women are at the highest risk of having a stroke than any other racial group in the United States. Compared to whites, they are twice as likely to have a stroke, have strokes at younger ages, die from stroke, or have a stroke-related disability that affects their daily activities.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke, and 1 in 3 blacks suffer from high blood pressure. The DASH diet is a proven effective treatment for hypertension and reducing stroke risk. In fact, research shows DASH is more effective in lowering blood pressure in blacks than whites.

What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain. When brain cells are starved of oxygen-rich blood, they die. Once you have a stroke, there’s a 1in 4 chance you will have a second stroke. The good news is, up to 80 percent of second clot-related strokes may be preventable.

Risk factors for stroke fall into one of three categories: lifestyle risk factors such as being overweight, eating too much