How Obesity Increases the Risk of a Stroke

Obesity and Stroke Risk



How Obesity Increases the Risk of Stroke

A stroke is a medical condition in which a person’s brain cells die due to a hindrance in the blood flow to his/her brain. Around 140,000 people in the US lose their lives to a stroke every year.

It’s not easy to fully recover from the effects of a stroke, but it can be prevented through making healthy life choices. Obesity is a major cause of a stroke. You should try to maintain a healthy weight to avoid a stroke.

How Obesity May Lead to a Stroke

Obesity is a secondary risk factor for stroke and affects a person’s health in the following ways:

·        Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects your sleep quality and increases the risk of a stroke. It blocks your nasal airways, which is why you may not  breathe well while sleeping and end up waking up at night. Obese people are more at risk of experiencing sleep apnea.

·        Hypertension

Hypertension is a major cause of a stroke. When you’re overweight, your heart needs to work more so as to pump blood to different organs. It leads to various health issues such as kidney diseases, stroke, and heart failure.

·        LVH

Obesity is a prominent cause of left ventricular hypertrophy in which the left chamber of a person’s  heart becomes enlarged due to overexertion. It may lead to a stroke or heart failure.

·        Diabetes

Insulin regulates the process of converting sugar into energy and effectively provides energy to body cells. However, in type 2 diabetes, a person’s body fails to produce insulin. Obesity makes you more likely to become diabetic.

When body cells don’t get sufficient energy, clots form on the inside walls of blood vessels. It reduces blood flow to your brain and other organs and increases the risk of a stroke.

How to Minimize the Risk of a Stroke

A healthy lifestyle can keep you fit and thereby, reduce the risk of a stroke.

Regular exercise can help you lose excess weight. Physical activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, and yoga boost your endurance and help you maintain a healthy weight.

Develop a healthy diet plan to stay fit and fine. Refrain from consuming a high amount of oily food. Low-fat and high fiber meals are good for your health and keep you safe from obesity. Take fruits, vegetables, and nuts to effectively lower your BMI and reduce the risk of a stroke.

Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking are extremely harmful to your health and maximize the risk of a stroke. You should try to avoid alcohol consumption and smoking to live a healthy life.

Recovery Process

Despite taking preventive measures, it’s not always easy to prevent a stroke. Obese people may be moved to a rehabilitation center after they are treated at a medical facility for a stroke. The staff at the rehab center helps them lose weight through different exercises so as to boost their recovery.

Obesity leads to a stroke and creates further complications in the recovery process. It’s best to adopt a healthy lifestyle and lose excess weight to reduce the risk of a stroke in the first place.

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