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Eating More Fiber Reduces Stroke Risk

Current dietary guidelines in the US recommend eating at least 21 grams of fiber per day for women and 30 grams for men. However, the average American consumes much less than these, as surveys show that most women eat an average of just 13 g for women and 17 g for men. Diane Threapleton, MSc, of the University of Leeds, England, and colleagues conducted a literature search that involved eight prospective cohort studies from different countries including the U.S., northern Europe, Australia, and Japan, which looked into the fiber intake of healthy individuals and the incidence of first stroke. They […]

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Previous studies show that engaging in physical activity such as treadmill walking and cycling after a stroke can improve a survivor’s quality of life. A new study demonstrates that regular, brisk outdoor walking can improve a stroke survivor’s physical fitness as well as quality of life. The study, which was recently published in the journal Stroke, shows that patients can improve physical activity without the need for exercise equipment and they can do this at their convenience while walking with friends and family. Carron Gordon, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a lecturer in the physical therapy department at […]

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A multicenter trial involving more than 7,000 participants with cardiovascular risk factors showed that following a Mediterranean-style diet could reduce their risk for cardiovascular death, a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or a stroke. The study was part of the project PREDIMED, which was done from 2003-2011, which looked into the effects of the Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular diseases. The study was coordinated by Ramon Estruch, researcher from the Faculty of Medicine of the UB and the Hospital Clínic and was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine. For the study, the participants were randomly assigned to one of […]

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Southern-Style Diet Increases Risk of Stroke

A Southern-style diet includes high consumption of fried foods (such as chicken, fish, potatoes, ham, bacon, liver and gizzards), which are high in fat and are heavily salted and sugary drinks. As such, three major factors are at work in this type of diet that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to lead researcher Suzanne Judd, PhD, MPH.  These are the fatty foods, which are high in cholesterol, sugary drinks associated with diabetes, and salty foods, which may lead to hypertension. The study compared the diets of more than 20,000 black and white adults and it showed that the […]

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Research at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute suggests that exercise should be included in the treatment routine of patients who suffer from stroke because it helps improve their cognitive (mental) deficits. A stroke or a “brain attack” occurs when blood flow to the brain or part of the brain stops, causing damage to the affected areas which lack oxygen. Damage to brain cells may bring about many symptoms, including changes in mental function, such as diminished memory, reduced attention and concentration, confusion, difficulty in reading or writing, and more. Patients who are more severely affected are more likely to be institutionalized […]

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