Stroke Increase In Young Partly Due To Diabetes

Scientists have determined at least one key factor that is contributing to the increased number of strokes in young people. The culprit? Type 2 diabetes.

That's the word from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, which looked at information for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44 who had been hospitalized for strokes between 1995 and 2008. They found that the number of these individuals had risen dramatically by one-third.

Scientists blame type 2 diabetes as one of the main contributors since strokes are a major risk for diabetics. Other contributors include high cholesterol, obesity and smoking.

Lead researcher on the project, Mary George, commented on the findings.

“I was surprised to see the extent of cardiovascular risk factors in this young population,” said George. “We really need to encourage people to lead healthy lifestyles from the time they are very young.”

The concern is the fact that type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are often linked to older adults. This shows that the diseases are now affecting more young individuals.

The study also revealed that not only have type 2 diabetes cases increased in young people, but also high cholesterol levels as well as increased tobacco consumption for those who had experienced strokes during the same time frame.

George added: “Stroke is largely preventable and eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol abuse can go a long way to prevent stroke.”

The findings of the study have been published in the Annals of Neurology.

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