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High trans fat intake increases stroke risk in postmenopausal women

High trans fat intake increases stroke risk in postmenopausal women
1st March 2012

High trans fat intake increases stroke risk in postmenopausal women

Postmenopausal women are at a greater risk of stroke as a result of high trans fat intake, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered that the fatty acids commonly found in baked, fried and packaged food increase the threat of ischemic stroke in older women.

Previous studies had linked trans fat intake with cardiovascular disease but had not connected the acid to stroke.

However, Dr Ka He and her colleagues analysed data from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study containing information on 87,025 healthy women between 50 and 79, and found that high trans fat intake affected incidences of stroke.

Participants were given a food questionnaire upon enrolment and then asked to assess their diet three years later.

Some 1, 049 women experienced ischemic stroke, with those consuming 6.1 grams of trans fat each day or more being 39 per cent more likely to have a stroke.

Ischemic stroke is one of the most common types of stroke in the UK and US, leaving many patients dead or incapacitated.

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