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Study Shows the Source of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Be a Place Most Doctors and Sufferers Never Look…

30 Aug

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is brutal.  In fact, many sufferers describe the condition as debilitating.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one million Americans have CFS—that’s about one in every 300 or so people in the United States!

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome has eight official signs and symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle pain
  • Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
  • Headache of a new type, pattern, or severity
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise

Possibly the worst part about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that it has completely puzzled doctors and researchers.  To date, the cause is officially unknown, and many treatments are largely guesswork without great results. But a recent discovery may change everything…

Researchers Might Have Found the Cause

Now, a team of scientists from Cornell University think they may have found the cause of CFS in what many think is an unlikely place: the gut.

According to Science Daily: “Now, for the first time, Cornell University researchers report they have identified biological markers of the disease in gut bacteria and inflammatory microbial agents in the blood.

“In a study published June 23 in the journal Microbiome, the team describes how they correctly diagnosed myalgic encephalomyeletis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in 83 percent of patients through stool samples and blood work, offering a noninvasive diagnosis and a step toward understanding the cause of the disease.”

Dr. Maureen Hanson, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell and the paper’s senior author writes, “Our work demonstrates that the gut bacterial microbiome in chronic fatigue syndrome patients isn’t normal, perhaps leading to gastrointestinal and inflammatory symptoms in victims of the disease… Furthermore, our detection of a biological abnormality provides further evidence against the ridiculous concept that the disease is psychological in origin.”

This is extremely important for a few reasons…

First – for many years, victims suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome were often ridiculed and called “lazy.”   Many were told it was all in their head.  If this research is accurate, then it is pretty clear this is not the case, and chronic fatigue is a real condition.

Even more important, doctors and researchers now have a great starting place to explore new treatment options and possibly find a cure!

Dr. Ludovic Giloteaux, a postdoctoral researcher involved in the study adds, “In the future, we could see this technique as a complement to other noninvasive diagnoses, but if we have a better idea of what is going on with these gut microbes and patients, maybe clinicians could consider changing diets, using prebiotics such as dietary fibers or probiotics to help treat the disease”

Here is something important to note…

Even though CFS puzzled most doctors and researchers, this finding appears to validate the claims of some doctors who have treated CFS patients for years.

For quite some time, many chiropractors and some medical doctors with extensive knowledge of nutrition have proposed that an imbalance of gut flora was responsible for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Moreover, the establishment often ridiculed these doctors for claiming to help chronic fatigue patients with nutritional counseling, prebiotics, probiotics, etc. Now it looks like their claims may have been validated.

While we are on the subject of “gut health,” here is more great news…

One of the important things the gut does is send signals that tell the brain it’s full.

In one study, researchers found that feeding rats a high-fat diet reorganized the gut-to-brain neural pathway and triggered inflammation in brain regions responsible for feeding behavior.

Because previous research has shown that a high-fat diet can dramatically affect gut microbiota composition, the researchers in another study tested if these resident microbes may be the connection between the diet and neural changes. They found that when gut flora composition was restored, the rats’ gut-brain signals and brain inflammation returned to normal as well. This resulted in the rats eating less and gaining less weight, even if they continued to consume a high-fat diet.

The research team concluded that the type of gut bacteria that thrive on a high-fat diet negatively affect the brain signals responsible for feeding behavior. In this study, the researchers had to use drugs to manipulate the gut flora of the rat subjects. But can food also do the trick?

According to Science Daily: “In a separate study, the researchers fed animals a high-fat diet and supplemented some of them with blueberry, a fruit packed with anthocyanins, a natural anti-microbial ingredient. Animals fed blueberries had a completely different microbiota profile, less inflammation, and more stable blood sugar levels. Thus, specific properties of bioactive foods may be used to target and improve the microbiota composition and overall health.”

There is no doubt, nutrition is one of the most important factors in health and often the most overlooked.

Inventor Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Research like this brings us one step closer to Edison’s prediction.  What’s incredible is how the more technologically advanced we become, the more researchers discover the importance and power of the body’s own regulatory capabilities when given the correct nutrients and when freed from interference.

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Study Shows Many People with Migraines Have These Vitamin Deficiencies…

2 Aug

You are what you eat.  We’ve all heard that statement over the years.  And it makes complete sense since the foods you consume are the building blocks your body uses to create its cells.

Eat junk and your body struggles to do its job.  It has to work harder just to keep you healthy— much less perform optimally.  Eat a poor diet long enough and you can develop any number of diseases and quite possibly shorten your life.

Eat the right nutrients and your body has a much easier time keeping you healthy, energetic, and feeling great.

However, this does not mean that if you eat correctly, then you will never get sick. There are a lot of other factors that play a role in your longevity. But if you do eat right, then you’re giving yourself a much better chance at living a long and healthy life.

As obvious as this sounds, until recently, nutrition was often misunderstood and completely overlooked by doctors and scientists studying the disease process.  Believe it or not, many “experts” used to say nutrition played little to no role in many health issues and diseases.

It was common to hear sayings like, “Supplements are a complete waste—they are nothing more than expensive urine.”

While some are still ignorant as to the importance of proper nutrition, most doctors and researchers today understand the power of eating correctly and getting your body all the nutrients it needs.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for top athletes to hire nutrition specialists to design their diet so as to optimize their training, recovery, and performance.

On the other end of the spectrum, researchers are finding that improving the diet of the sick can help improve their quality of life and ability to function on a day to day basis.

For example, a team of researchers at the  Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have found that a high percentage of children, teens, and young adults who suffer from migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10.

In particular, they discovered that patients in the study with more severe riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 deficiencies were more likely to have more than 15 migraine episodes per month.

Dr. Suzanne Hagler, a Headache Medicine fellow in the division of Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and lead author of the study writes, “Further studies are needed to elucidate whether vitamin supplementation is effective in migraine patients in general, and whether patients with mild deficiency are more likely to benefit from supplementation.”

While putting the right foods into your body is important, you also need to know that putting the right thoughts into your head may be just as important.

Why?

Because having a positive mental attitude is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy and feel great.

There is plenty of evidence that stress makes you sick.  In others words…

Stress Kills

But relieving stress is not as easy as eating properly.  Eating properly is about willpower.  Once you know what the proper foods are for you, you can stick to it.

Stress is a different ball game.  Many times, reactions to environmental stimuli have become practiced behavior and occur automatically— without you thinking about it or making a conscious decision.

Some top animal behaviorists believe that when a dog is aggressive and blows up at another animal or dog, they get a surge of dopamine.  Dopamine is very addictive, and these dogs seek out this “dopamine fix” in the future.

What’s worse is, just the sight or smell of another dog can trigger the dopamine surge and the aggressive behavior.  This is not a cognitive process by the dog.  In other words, the dog doesn’t decide to be aggressive, he is a slave to the effect of dopamine.

Of course, humans are not dogs, but many believe humans go through similar processes.

It seems as through when humans experience their stress triggers, chemical reactions take place to produce stress.

This is why just yelling at a dog or a person to calm down is not the answer.  It is not that easy.

What’s the answer?  Your perception of the stimuli or event must be modified.

World famous exotic animal trainer and behaviorist Kayce Cover has developed a technique to do this for dogs called, “Perception Modification.”  It deals with completely changing the way dogs view a trigger so they no longer react, have stress, fear, anxiety, and aggression.

Humans need to do the same thing.  We must not try to just deal with the things we do not like. We must change the way we perceive them so we actually like them.  As Wayne Dyer said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

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While Your Pain May Not Be All in Your Head, What’s in Your Head May Play a Role in How Much Pain You Feel. Here’s Why…

11 Jul

For most people, pain is an infrequent nuisance. For others, it’s a burden that influences every aspect of their lives. It’s one of the most common and difficult problems people face. And if you suffer with pain, you are not alone.

Check out these mind-boggling statistics..

Here are the number of Americans affected by each of the following conditions:

            Cancer – 1.4 million (According to the American Cancer Society)

             Coronary Heart Disease (Including Heart Attack and Chest Pain) and Stroke – 18.7 million people (According to the American Heart Association)

            Diabetes – 20.8 million people (diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed, according to the American Diabetes Association.)

The National Centers for Health Statistics reports that pain affects an estimated 76.2 million people, which is more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.

In fact, pain is cited as the most common reason Americans go to the doctor. It is a leading cause of disability, and it is a major contributor to healthcare costs.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006): “More than one-quarter of Americans (26%) age 20 years and over report that they have had a problem with pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours.

 “Adults age 45-64 years were the most likely to report pain lasting more than 24 hours (30%). Twenty-five percent (25%) of young adults age 20-44 reported pain, and adults age 65 and over were the least likely to report pain (21%).”

What Are Commonly Reported Pain Conditions?

According to the report: “When asked about four common types of pain, respondents of a National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that low back pain was the most common (27%), followed by severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%), and facial ache or pain (4%).

“Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.

 “Adults with low back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people who do not have low back pain: 28% of adults with low back pain report limited activity due to a chronic condition, as compared to 10% of adults who do not have low back pain. Also, adults reporting low back pain were three times as likely to be in fair or poor health and more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress as people without low back pain.”

It’s clear that pain is common and can be life changing, but what if you could affect how much pain you feel…

Simply By the Way You Think?

A team of German researchers say you probably can.  Here is how…

You have probably heard of the placebo effect.  It occurs when people experience positive results from a fake or sham treatment (like a sugar pill) because they expected it to be helpful.

Dr. Katharina Schwarz from the Institute of Psychology at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany notes, “The placebo effect often works quite well when treating pain and depression.”

Her research shows that the mere expectation of getting a drug can alleviate symptoms and make patients feel better. She adds, “And those are not just the patient’s subjective sensations, it can actually be measured physiologically.”

Dr. Katharina Schwarz is an expert on how expectations influence perception and behavior, and she did an amazing experiment that showed just how much a person’s expectations of pain actually affected how much pain they felt.

In the experiment, men were given a stimulus and asked to rate how much pain they felt.  Later that day, they were given information that either told them that men feel more pain than women or vice versa.  The researchers backed up the claim with reasons like women have a higher threshold for pain because they endure childbirth or men don’t feel as much pain because of their ancestral role as hunters, etc.

They repeated the experiment the next day.  The participants who thought that men were less sensitive rated the pain as being much less intense than they did on the previous day. However, those who had learned that women have a higher pain tolerance considered themselves more sensitive to pain than before.

According to Dr. Schwarz, “I want to increase the awareness, especially of students, for these mechanisms and in particular for the ones that have a negative impact on people.”

Past studies have demonstrated that patients who feel like they’ll never get better don’t respond to treatments as well as patients who are confident their condition will improve.

Another study recently published in the journal Cell Reports finds that pain actually changes cells—which may explain why some people continue to feel pain in an area long after their injury heals. Investigators from King’s College London observed slight epigenetic changes in the immune cells around damaged nerves. These changes to the epigenome persisted long after the cells were replaced by newer cells weeks or months later, giving the impression such cells had a “memory” of the previous injury. The researchers suspect these modifications to the epigenome alter which genes are expressed in those cells and may make them more sensitive to pain in the future.

So what does all this mean for you?

For starters, even though many people live with pain, it’s not normal, so it’s important to consult with a doctor who can help identify the underlying cause of your pain and treat it. It’s also important that you are confident that such a treatment will benefit your condition. If you suffer from back pain or other musculoskeletal complaints, then there’s a great chance that chiropractic treatment can help you get out of pain and back to living your life.

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New Study Shows Americans Are Living Longer… But There’s a Catch…

8 Jun

Do you want to live longer? If that question were asked in a poll, the vast majority would not just say, “yes”… they would probably SCREAM IT!!!

It’s understandable. The fear of dying is one of the most common fears people have. That’s why most people have been happy to see that the average lifespan has increased quite significantly over the last 40 years.
In fact, from 1970 to 2010, the average lifespan for men in the United States increased 9.2 years, from 67.2 years to 76.2 years, and the lifespan for American women increased from 74.6 years to 81 years.
This seems awesome at first glance, but new research shows that even though both men and women are living longer, they are also living with more disability.

According to Dr. Eileen Crimmins, the AARP Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, “We could be increasing the length of poor quality life more than good-quality life… There are a number of indications that the Baby Boomer generation that is now reaching old age is not seeing improvements in health similar to the older groups that went before them.”

Dr. Crimmins’ work shows less than half of the increase in the average person’s life observed between 1970 and 2010 can be described as “disability-free years.”

These findings have significant implications for policymaking, such as proposals to raise the retirement age for both Social Security and Medicare eligibility in the United States.
So, the question has changed…

Would you like to live longer if it meant
pain, poor health, and disability?

Only you know your answer to that question. But there is good news…
This does not have to be a zero-sum game. Living a long life and maintaining your health and vitality are not mutually exclusive.
In other words, it is possible to reach your 70s and 80s without suffering from a lot of the pain, disability, and health issues that can plague others.

Sure, genetics plays a role in all of this. But your genes often play less of a role than most think.

See, many experts agree that most health issues are preventable, and it’s estimated that up to 70% (or more) can be prevented through lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and managing/reducing stress.

The biggest problem seems to be human psychology. We are creatures who tend to solve problems instead of preventing them in the first place.
Everyone knows the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
While this statement is 100% accurate, it is only accurate in the proper context.

Many things should be left alone when they are “working.” But there are many things in your life that will last a lot longer if they are taken care of. That is, if they are properly maintained, then they may never actually become broken.

For example, consider your car. Simply changing the oil as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer will help keep your car on the road. If you don’t change your oil, it may not matter while the car is still new, but as time goes on, not only will the vehicles performance degrade but you may find yourself spending a lot more money on repairs than you’d like to.

The human body is not as simple as a car, but the same philosophy holds true. When you were in your early 20s, didn’t it seem like you could eat anything you wanted and stay up late without it affecting you in a negative way? Try doing that in your 30s or 40s or 50s and you’ll definitely feel it the next day and sometimes over the next several days.
The better care you take of your body—that is, the more you do to maintain it—the fewer health problems you will have as you grow older and the more likely you will live up to your genetic potential.
As we’ve covered in previous issues, there is an aspect of your genetic make-up that can be changed by how well or how poorly you live your life: the epigenome.

The epigenome is a part of your genetic material that helps determine which genes are expressed and which genes are suppressed. The epigenome is affected by external factors like what you eat, how you live your life, and what you are exposed to in the world.

So, not only do eating right, exercising, reducing stress, and other healthy lifestyle choices help you live up to your genetic potential, those good habits may even improve it!

Here is something that is universally true: life is short.

It goes by in the blink of an eye. No matter how long you live, it is short. One-hundred years put in the context of the history of the universe is a drop in the bucket.

And time waits for no one. Which is why this is so important. It is extremely important to live life to the fullest. It is important to have fun and be happy. The only way to do that is to be healthy and pain-free.
Taking small steps every day to eat healthy food, exercise, reduce stress, and keep your body functioning at its best can have a major impact on your life today… and when you are 80… or even 100.

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The Simple, Natural Enemy of Cancer

5 Apr

Are you afraid of cancer? If you are, then you are probably not alone. In surveys, people commonly report dying as their #2 fear. What’s the #1 fear? Public speaking. Interestingly, about 74% of people have a fear of public speaking. Perhaps that’s why good public speakers get paid so much!

Here are some very interesting statistics on fear and worry…

  • Percent of things feared that will never take place: 60%
  • Percent of things feared that happened in the past and can’t be changed: 30%
  • Percent of things feared that are considered to be insignificant issues: 90%
  • Percent of things feared in relation to health that will not happen: 88%

Wow! What’s worse is that all this utterly useless worrying and stress may even cause a health problem that most likely would never have occurred. Stress unleashes some very toxic chemicals inside the body and should be avoided whenever possible.

So, the first message here is stop the unnecessary, useless, and actually harmful worrying. I know. I know. Easier said than done. But just being aware of it helps.

Here Is Something Else That Can Help Reduce Worry and Stress…

The best way to reduce worry and stress about ANYTHING is to be properly prepared in the first place. For example, if you have to speak in front of a crowd, you will be much less worried about it if you are completely prepared. Sure, you may still get nervous, but if you have done your research and rehearsed your speech until you can say it in your sleep, then your stress level will be much lower than if you went on stage tried to wing it.

The same approach holds true with your health…

First, let’s look at the statistics. According to Cancer.org: “In 2016, there will be an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the [United States].”

Sure, that’s a lot, but at the time of this writing, there were almost 323 million people living in the United States (US) and there is a NET gain of one person every 15 seconds. This NET gain comes from one person being born every 8 seconds, one dying every 11 seconds, and one person immigrating to the US every 27 seconds.

Not only that, the really good news is that there appears to be simple things you can do to lower your odds of getting cancer. For example, it has long been claimed that certain foods can fight cancer, especially “greens.”

There is finally research backing up some of these claims. According to an article published February 10, 2016 by Oregon State University: “One of the first clinical studies to look at the effect of sulforaphane on breast tissues of women diagnosed with breast cancer showed that this compound was well tolerated and slowed the growth of cancer cells, especially at early stages.

“Sulforaphane is a compound found in broccoli and many other cruciferous vegetables, and it has long shown evidence of value in cancer prevention, researchers say.

“This new research suggests it may ultimately play a role in slowing cancer growth as well—along with other proven approaches such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.”

The researchers also report that past studies have shown an association between a high intake of cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli) and a reduced risk of breast cancer. They add, “Research has also shown that sulforaphane, which is found at the highest levels in such foods, can modulate breast cancer risk at several stages of carcinogenesis and through different mechanisms.”

More on These “Cruciferous” Vegetables

What are cruciferous vegetables? Here is a list: arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, horseradish, kale, radishes, rutabaga, turnips, watercress, and wasabi.

Cruciferous vegetables are rich in nutrients, including several carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin), vitamins (C, E, and K), folate, and minerals. They are also a good source of fiber.

According to the National Cancer Institute, “During food preparation, chewing, and digestion, the glucosinolates in cruciferous vegetables are broken down to form biologically active compounds such as indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates, and isothiocyanates. Indole-3-carbinol (an indole) and sulforaphane (an isothiocyanate) have been most frequently examined for their anti-cancer effects.

“Indoles and isothiocyanates have been found to inhibit the development of cancer in several organs in rats and mice, including the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach. Studies in animals and experiments with cells grown in the laboratory have identified several potential ways in which these compounds may help prevent cancer:

  1. They help protect cells from DNA damage.
  2. They help inactivate carcinogens.
  3. They have anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects.
  4. They have anti-inflammatory effects.
  5. They induce cell death (apoptosis).
  6. They inhibit tumor blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and tumor cell migration (needed for metastasis).”

The article also listed studies that show cruciferous vegetables might lower the risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.

One of the best sources of sulforaphane is broccoli, specifically broccoli sprouts. The good news is that you can quickly and easily grow your own broccoli sprouts at home and reap all their health benefits without spending much money!

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Eating a Diet Rich in These Types of Foods Could Cut Your Risk for Heart Attack By Nearly a Third!

3 Mar

I’m going to tell you something very important that you should already know. Then, I am going to tell you something just as important you probably do not know. The combination of these two things could save you from developing heart disease as well as suffering a stroke!

First, here’s what you SHOULD already know…

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is a major factor in preventing the #1 cause of death worldwide: heart disease. In fact, eating more fruits and vegetables is #2 on the Mayo Clinic’s list of “Heart-Healthy Diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease.”

According to experts from the Harvard University School of Public Health, “A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check…”

For 14 years, Harvard researchers followed 110,000 men and women as part of the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. They found compelling evidence that a fruit and vegetable-rich diet can lower an individual’s risk for heart attack and stroke.

Here’s what they wrote: “The higher the average daily intake of fruits and vegetables, the lower the chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Compared with those in the lowest category of fruit and vegetable intake (less than 1.5 servings a day), those who averaged 8 or more servings a day were 30 percent less likely to have had a heart attack or stroke.”

The research team went on to speculate that even though all fruits and vegetables may offer some heart-healthy benefits, the produce with the most impact may have been “…green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and mustard greens; cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, and kale; and citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit (and their juices)…”

When they reviewed other long-term studies that looked at diet and subsequent cardiovascular disease risk, they observed similar results: “Individuals who ate more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day had roughly a 20 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, compared with individuals who ate less than 3 servings per day.”

Not only is eating lots of fruits and veggies good for your heart but other research has shown a produce-rich diet can lower blood pressure, decrease cancer risk, and even lower the chances for developing type 2 diabetes.

Those are all things you should know, but it’s always great to read a little reminder about just how great fruits and vegetables are for you. Many times we need these little reminders to get us back on track!

Here’s Something You May Not Know…

As mentioned earlier in this article, heart disease is the world’s #1 killer. Stroke is also high on the list, but thanks to improvements in medicine and healthier lifestyles, stroke is on the decline among seniors. It recently dropped from the #4 most common cause of death among the elderly to #5. That’s the good news. Now for the bad news…

Stroke is quickly become a problem among younger adults in the United States. For Americans under age 44, the risk of first-time stroke has been on the rise since at least the mid-1990s.

A large-scale study called the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Study has followed an estimated 1.3 million adults for several decades. Among those of European descent aged 20-54, the risk of first-time stroke increased from 26 per 100,000 adults in 1994 to 48 per 100,000 adults in 2005. For those of African descent, the risk jumped from 83 per 100,000 in 1994 to 128 per 100,000 in 2005. Nowadays, nearly one-third of first-time strokes are experienced by middle-aged and younger adults, not the elderly!

For experts like Dr. Brett Kissela of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, the reasons behind this dramatic increase in stroke among younger adults are pretty clear: Today’s Americans are more likely to be overweight/obese, diabetic, and hypertensive at a younger age than their parents’ generation.

In fact, when researchers looked at study participants who did have a stroke, they found those patients were more likely than the general population to be overweight, have diabetes, have high blood pressure, and smoke.

The good news is that this means most strokes can be prevented by paying early attention to risk factors. Eating a healthy diet (including lots of fruits and vegetables), getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight, and not smoking are all things you can start doing right now to not only lower your risk for a heart attack but also a stroke and several other preventable causes of death and disability.

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