The risk factors of this crippling condition are diabetes, high blood pressure and expanding waistlines.
Scientists analyzed more than 100 studies from 1990 to 2010 which had data on stroke patients across the world. Alarmingly, the incidence of stroke had gone up by 25% in people aged 20 to 64.
"Some of the increase we will see in strokes is unavoidable because it has to do with people aging, but that doesn't mean we should give up," said Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London, one of the study's authors.
Ezzati said that nations must strive to reduce smoking rates and encourage healthy eating.
"Young people think stroke is only a problem of the elderly, but we need to educate them," said Dr. Yannick Bejot of the University Hospital of Dijon in France. "If young people understood how debilitating a stroke is, maybe they would change their behavior," he said.