Overeating and Dietary Habits Cause Stroke, Not Nutrients

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Numerous studies on cardiovascular diseases and stroke have attributed the inherent risks of such conditions on the nutrients in the food. A new review published in The Lancet Neurology claims that this is false evidence. As such, stroke is caused by dietary habits and patterns such as over-eating, for instance.

According to Graeme Hankey of the Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Australia, it’s certainly not the individual nutrients of food that are to be blamed for stroke. It is, in fact, the Individual dietary patterns and the imbalance between energy intake and expenditure that’s more like to cause stroke .

The U.S National Library of Medicine defines stroke as the condition that occurs when ”blood flow to a part or parts of brain stops” and is often caused due to clogged arteries caused by fat, high cholesterol, and other substances that form a sticky substance called Plaque. Stroke is usually a medical emergency requiring the need for immediate medical assistance.

Yet, legislation doesn’t do much about salt intake or high-calorie foods — at least not as much as the legislation and controls in place to check on tobacco products and alcohol. Stroke is the 3rd highest cause of deaths in developed countries and it’s usually simple changes to lifestyle such as changing the patterns of diet, avoiding unhealthy foods and eating patterns, etc., that could single-handedly pull the mortality rate due to stroke down.

Mr.Hankey also makes an interesting observation that salt is the biggest enemy and that targeting salt intake in foods could cause a tremendous difference in the rate at which people contract strokes. For instance, he claims that a mere reduction of about 3g of salt per day can bring the annual number of stroke deaths in the country to 32,000 to 60,000 annually.

There are roughly 1.46 billion overweight adults in the world and 170 million overweight children (2/3rds of these children are in the U.S alone). The obesity epidemic, according to Mr.Hankey, must be reversed because he predicts that there will be a 50%-60% obesity rate among and men and women respectively in the U.K, for instance, by 2050.

If simple dietary habits and healthy eating patterns can save lives, why not?



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