Healthy lifestyle includes not smoking, exercising daily,
consuming a healthy diet, drinking alcohol in moderation and maintaining a
healthy weight. The study involved 43,685 men and 71,243 women all of whom were
participants in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study or the Nurses' Health
All participants provided information on their medical
condition between 1986 and 2002 for health professionals and 1984 and 2002 for
nurses. During the course of their study, it was found that 1,559 women and 994
men had strokes.
The researchers found that people who followed the five
healthy lifestyle tips had an 80% lower risk of suffering from strokes.
"More than half of ischemic strokes -- 52 percent in men and 54 percent in
women -- may have been prevented through adherence to a healthy
lifestyle," said lead author Dr. Stephanie E. Chiuve.
The details of the
study appear in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.