by Dr. Simi Paknikar on  February 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM Health In Focus
Deep Fried and Processed Foods and Sugary Drinks Increase Stroke Risk
A diet rich in foods like fried chicken, bacon, ham and sweet teas increase the chances of suffering from stroke, according to a study presented at the International Stroke Conference in Hawaii.

The study was conducted on more than 20,000 Americans, who included whites as well as African Americans aged 45 years or older. It attempted to study the reason behind the regional and racial differences in the incidence of stroke. The participants included in the study answered questions regarding their diet and overall health. They were followed up for a period of over 5 years at regular intervals, and any strokes that occurred during this period were recorded.

The researchers found that those who ate traditional Southern American diets that comprised of deep fried food like fried chicken and French fries, processed foods like bacon and ham, and drinks like sweet teas and sodas were at a higher risk of suffering from stroke. These foods raise cholesterol levels, increase blood pressure and worsen diabetes, all of which can increase the chances of stroke.

According to the study, people who ate these foods six times a week were at a 41% higher risk of suffering from stroke, compared to those who ate these foods just once a month. The risk was around 5 times higher in African Americans who consumed these foods as compared to white Americans. On the other hand, the risk was 29% lower in those individuals who consumed a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish.

This study may explain why stroke is so common in African Americans living in the Southern states of America.

Thus, it is advisable to cut down on deep fried food, processed meats and sugary drinks, and stick to a balanced diet of more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, preferably cooked at home, if you want to live a stroke-free life!

Source: Medindia

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