Monday, April 5, 2010

Being Overweight Ups Stroke Risk, Study Confirms

“Excess weight increases stroke risk, a new study including nearly 2.3 million people confirms. And the heavier a person is, the greater their risk. ‘Being obese (but indeed even just overweight) puts an individual at significantly higher risk of ischemic stroke, with a serious possibility of permanent disability and reduced life expectancy,’ Dr. Pasquale Strazzullo of Frederico II University of Naples Medical School in Naples, Italy, one of the study's authors, told Reuters Health. Given the difficulty of treating obesity, the researcher said, the best approach to preventing related complications like stroke is for people to avoid packing on the pounds in the first place. ‘All of us should keep tight control of our weight and take immediate action in case of weight gain, reducing calories and increasing physical exercise,’ he advised...

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