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Improved diet can 'lower risk of stroke'

Improved diet can 'lower risk of stroke'
26th February 2009

Those wanting to take all the opportunities they can to lower their risk of having a stroke should aim for a much healthier lifestyle, according to a leading charity.

Andrea Lane, a spokesperson for the Stroke Association, said that strokes are largely preventable and an improved diet and an active way of life are great ways to avoid any complications later in life.

She said that two more obvious vices - smoking and drinking - are particularly bad for a person's chances of having a stroke, with smoking increasing the chance of a blood clot and drinking exacerbating blood pressure levels.

Weight is a major issue, Ms Lane continued, adding: "Obese men and women are 1.3 times more likely to suffer a stroke. Obese people are more likely to have some of the major risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol."

The advice follows a recent insight into the effects of strokes on people from across the UK, with the charity estimating that 450,000 people are severely disabled as a result of having one.

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