Stroke rates are soaring due to obesity and lack of exercise. Alarmingly, one in four people who suffer a stroke are of working age. And stroke rates amongst the middle-aged (people in their 40s and 50s) are up 46% for men and 30% for women in the last 15 years. The figures were compiled by the Stroke Association.
Strokes are associated with poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, and cost the economy £9bn a year, not to mention the costs to the individual and their families.
How do you cut down your risk?
EAT FIVE PORTIONS OF FRUIT AND VEG A DAY
DRINK IN MODERATION
CUT DOWN ON HIGH FAT FOODS AND SALT
GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED REGULARLY