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Old 09-01-2013, 21:00
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Off topic, but why is that?
Well, these are the main risk factors for stroke:

Waist-to-hip ratio (abdominal obesity)
Poor diet
Lack of regular physical activity
Alcohol intake
Psychosocial factors (including stress and depression)
Other cardiac causes (such as acute myocardial infarction, atrial fibrillation and atrial myxoma)
Ratio of apolipoproteins (proteins that combine with cholesterol and triglyceride to form lipoproteins)
The rates of obesity in the young population are really increasing fast (a frightening proportion of school children are now classed as clinically obese) and for the first time young people are developing weight-related type 2 diabetes. Both weight excess and diabetes are separate risk factors for stroke, so this may be a contributory factor.

Whilst figures showed an overall decrease in the incidence of stroke in the UK decade from 1999-2008 (connected to better identification of those at risk and prescribing of new and better drugs to prevent and treat stroke), it is still a major cause of death and disability and I think the huge increase in obesity in the young will only make things worse. The following stats are from the National Heart Forum:

In the UK, stroke is a major cause of premature mortality, accounting for one in twenty deaths under the age of 75. It is estimated that around 1.1m people in the UK are living with the consequences of having had a stroke.
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