The amount of fibre, vegetables and even cheese you eat could change your stroke risk, a study suggests. We look behind the headlines.
The risk of suffering a certain type of stroke could be diminished through diet, one of the largest studies of its kind has suggested.
Scientists observed how food related to two major types of stroke – ischaemic strokes which are caused by blockages causing a cutting off of blood supply to the brain, and haemorrhagic strokes when a bleed on the brain damages surrounding cells.
Eating well after a stroke is key to recovery. Choosing healthy foods can help control blood pressure, body weight, decrease a person’s risk of having another stroke, and may help with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities.
Preventing another stroke and staying healthy can be achieved when you take appropriate steps to control your weight and blood pressure. Making healthy food choices is a major step in the right direction, and a registered dietitian can help you choose the right foods. A dietitian can teach you how to prepare and plan meals and snacks to enhance your health.
We can’t be certain from this study that the risk of a certain type of stroke is linked to specific foods, like eggs.
But a weakness was that it was based on questionnaires about diet, which people may not have reported correctly. Participants in the study were only asked once about their diet rather than looking at what people actually ate over the course of the study. This means we can’t be sure what they’ve eaten as their diets may have changed in that time. We can’t be certain from this study that the risk of a certain type of stroke is linked to specific foods, like eggs.
Your stroke risk also depends on other things, like your blood pressure and how physically active you are. The researchers accounted for this and other factors including age, whether they smoked and other conditions such as diabetes. But the researchers didn’t have any information on what medications people were taking, which could play a role in stroke risk.
It was useful for the research to show that we need to address the causes of different types of stroke differently, as often in research the different types of stroke are combined.Leave a reply