The results of a recent study report indicate that strokes are now more common in younger people. Furthermore, the rates of strokes has dropped among people who are 55 years and older.
- Generation X, the people born between 1965 and 1974, has a 43 percent greater risk of stroke than those born in the Golden Generation.
- Strokes are caused by blockage of a blood vessel in the brain by a blood clot. It leads to death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen.
- The increase of added sugars in foods in the 1960s led to a surge of obesity and diabetes which are closely associated with strokes.
The so-called Golden Generation appears to be benefiting from blood pressure medication and cholesterol-lowering drugs that were unavailable to those who came before them, Swerdel suggested.
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