New studies reveal how to reduce the risk of stroke. Higher intensities of exercise, and limiting the use of alcohol are shown to reduce the risk of stroke (blood clot or bleeding in the brain).
a 2003 study, researchers show in case-controlled studies, moderate
and high-intensity exercise will reduce the risk of stroke by 64%,
also show that limiting the use of alcohol is also a wise stroke prevention
strategy. "These results indicate that heavy alcohol consumption
increases the relative risk of stroke..." say researchers.
Alcohol consumption and stroke
If someone wanted to justified a drink a day for stroke reduction, a study could be found for justification. However, this is what current research says:
alcohol for stoke reduction is a mixed bag and dependent on age. Clearly,
excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of stroke.
Aspirin and stroke
Does an aspirin a day help reduce the risk of stroke? Researchers seem to say no in 2003, but aspirin is reported to prevent first time heart attacks. Researchers report:
A warning is placed on every Ready Set Go Fitness newsletter; "The purpose of this newsletter is to expand thinking about fitness as an informational source for readers, and is not medical advice.... Make your physician a partner in your fitness improvement plan."
While many individuals
take an aspirin a day without discussing it with their physician, it's
a wise fitness strategy to talk with your primary care provider about
medications and supplements you may be taking.
The take home
Tracking the research in health & fitness, a central theme develops quickly. Higher intensities of exercise, and a balanced diet...in moderation... will yield many positive benefits.
Questions to ask yourself - am I getting a balanced diet in moderation, and does my fitness plan include higher intensities of exercise?
Have a great day!
Campbell, M.S., M.A., FACHE
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NOTE: The purpose of this newsletter is to expand thinking about fitness as an informational source for readers, and is not medical advice. Before attempting the Synergy Fitness program, the Sprint 8 Workout, or any high-intensity exercise program, consult your physician. This is not just a liability warning; it's wise to have a baseline medical exam before beginning a fitness program. Make your physician a partner in your fitness improvement plan.