Does being over weight lead to a stroke?

 

The answer is YES!

I was delivering my talk yesterday, and this young man said his mother had a stroke, but she is getting better. He said it would be good if she lost a little weight.

After the talk, I found this article.  I hope you are reading this!!!!

Belly Fat Increases Stroke Risk

Posted by Lucy Lazarony

Extra fat around your middle is harmful for your health and increases your risk of stroke.

People with belly fat also have an increased risk of heart disease and developing Type 2 diabetes.

And according to new research in the Annals of Internal Medicine, men and women with large waist-to-hip ratios have higher mortality risks than people who are obese or overweight.

According to the research that studied 15,000 people, men with pot bellies had twice the mortality risk as men who were simply overweight or obese.

And women with excess belly fat had 1.5 times the mortality risk than overweight or obese women.

Why belly fat is so harmful

The fat that hangs around your stomach goes deep inside the body and wraps around vital internal organs.

For example, the liver may take this fat and turn it into cholesterol, which slips into the bloodstream, clogging arteries, and increasing risk of heart attack and stroke.

Deep belly fat also raises glucose levels, lowers muscle mass, and can cause your body to become insulin-resistant, which may lead to Type 2 diabetes.

How to fight belly fat

A healthy diet can help you reduce and keep off belly fat.

Avoid eating processed foods. Eat limited amounts of meat, no more than a few times a month, and opt for lots of servings of fruits and vegetables instead. Eat whole grains and nuts. Replace butter with olive oil.  Choose herbs and spices to flavor food instead of salt.

Watch portion sizes and limit servings of white bread, refined-grain pasta, and sugary drinks.

The best way to fight off belly fat is exercise. So get moving.

To burn off belly fat, exercise moderately several times a week. Walk briskly for 50 minutes, three times a week.  Or walk for 30 minutes, six days a week.

To improve muscle mass, add resistance or weight training to your exercise routine.

You’ll feel better and lighter as pounds drop away. Losing belly fat also lowers your blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels.

And because high stress levels have been linked to increased belly fat in women, it is a good idea to incorporate moments of calm into your day.

Quiet moments of deep breathing are good stress busters. Yoga postures can calm the body as well.

Spending time in nature is an easy way to relieve stress. So relax and enjoy the wonder of nature.

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