Obesity Epidemic Blamed
Although the incidence of strokes is down among most wealthy countries, the number of strokes suffered worldwide is on the rise, and the most marked increases are among low-to-middle-income countries and young people. While stroke has been regarded as a disease of advancing years, a study published in The Lancet found that it increased by 25 percent among persons under 65 during the period of 1999-2010, to the point that over 80,000 children and adolescents now suffer stroke each year. Study authors attribute the soaring stroke rate among young people to the soaring rates in that demographic for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, major stroke risk factors, which implies even greater stroke numbers to come. Over 90 percent of strokes can be prevented through diet and lifestyle changes.