admin - March 27, 2014
A new study links vitamin C to a reduced stroke risk. The study compared patients who had experienced a hemorrhagic stroke with healthy counterparts.
All of the participants had blood tests that checked their vitamin C levels. 41% of all participants had normal levels, 45% were at a depleted level and 14% were so low that they were labeled as vitamin C deficient. After comparing the blood test results to which patients experienced a stroke, it was found that patients who suffered a stroke had depleted levels of vitamin C.
Doctors who took part in the study believe that vitamin C may reduce stroke risk by reducing blood pressure. Other added benefits of the vitamin include protection against immune system deficiencies, eye disease, cardiovascular disease and it assists in making collagen which gives structure to skin, bones and tissue.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, with over 130,000 deaths per year. It is recommended that individuals over the age of 55 with risk factors should have a stroke screening.
Preventive Health Measures
There are several risk factors that increase your risk of stroke:
- Age (75% of all strokes happen to individuals over the age of 65)
- Family history of stroke
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Poor diet
- High cholesterol levels
- Physical inactivity
- Head and neck injuries
- Drug abuse
- Being overweight or obese
If you have any of these risk factors, schedule a stroke screening with us online. We offer five different types of stroke screenings to help you better understand your risk. Take advantage of the power of prevention today.
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