Ninety percent of stroke burden can be avoided

New research looking at the risk factors contributing to stroke burden — the number of healthy life-years lost due to stroke — has shown that behavioral factors play a larger role than metabolic factors."Poor diet, smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise, et cetera, are responsible for more days of stroke disability than factors such as hypertension, hyperglycemia, high cholesterol, et cetera. Our data show that stroke is definitely a disease of lifestyle, and as such a great proportion of stroke disability can be avoided. This is a new paradigm and has clear practical implications."Their findings were published online in Lancet Neurology on June 9.http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(16)30073-4/abstract