Stroke & Obesity1
When a stroke happens, a blockage or a break in a blood vessel in your brain prevents blood from flowing where it needs to flow. Your tissues are cut off from the oxygen they need. In the worst case, a stroke can cause paralysis or death. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
It's easier to take steps to prevent a stroke than it is to recover from one. You can lower your chances of having a stroke by taking action. Work with your doctor to set up a plan that includes slow, steady weight loss. Reducing your weight by just 5 to 10 percent can substantially lower your risk of having a stroke.
The most important steps to take include:
- Meeting with your doctor to take stock of your condition
- If you smoke, quitting
- Becoming more active
- Working with your doctor to see if medication is an option
1. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Web site, accessed September 13, 2011 at http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/health_risks.htm