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Reducing the Risk for Stroke

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

A Swedish study recently published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found that adult men and women who ate low-fat dairy products had a reduced risk for stroke, compared to their counterparts who ate full-fat dairy products.

Nearly 75,000 adults, ages 45 to 83 years old, served as subjects for the study. At the beginning of the project, they were free of heart disease, stroke and cancer. They completed a dietary habit questionnaire, on which they described their food and drink consumption (for example, they might note consuming a particular item "never" or up to four servings per day).

Four thousand eighty nine strokes occurred among the subjects during a 10-year follow-up period. That is, 2409 in men and 1,680 in women. Most of the strokes were ischemic (3,159) whereas 583 were hemorrhagic and 347 were unspecified.

Compared to study participants who ate high-fat dairy foods, those who ate low-fat versions had a 13 percent lower risk for ischemic stroke and a 12 percent lower risk for stroke in general.