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Study finds the number of young people affected by stroke is on the rise

by , 05 November 2013

Statistics by the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that 15 million people suffer a stroke each year. Of these, more than 6 million die and another 5 million are permanently disabled. As if that wasn't scary enough, a new study has found that the number of young people affected by strokes is on the increase worldwide. Here are the details of the study...

Do you associate strokes with the elderly?

If so, this article will make you reconsider that.

The Global and Regional Burden of Stroke in 1999-2010 study has found that the number of young people affected by strokes is on the increase globally.

Number of your people affected by stroke is on the rise

Study author Prof Valery Feigin, says the 11-year study found that over 80,000 children and youth are affected by stroke every year, CBC News reports.

The global increase of 25% in the incidence of stroke in those aged 25 to 64 has been labeled as ‘a worrying finding’.

According to the report, Feigin said the epidemic of obesity and type II diabetes in children and young people is increasing worldwide and these will be important risk factors for stroke 20 or 30 years down the road.

Feigin added “stroke burden worldwide continues to increase. It’s increasing at an increased pace, more than we expected, disproportionately affecting low- to middle-income countries.”

The study noted that if the trends in low-income and middle-income countries continue, by 2030, there will be almost 12 million stroke deaths and 70 million stroke survivors worldwide.

Is there anything you can do to reduce your stroke risk?

Yes. Study authors said more than 90% of strokes are preventable through lifestyle changes such as avoiding fast food and quitting smoking.

In addition, the Natural Health Club recommends you use these three methods to reduce your risk of a stroke.

Well there you have it. Strokes can no longer be associated with the elderly; younger people are also just as vulnerable.

 

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