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.

Tired of Post-stroke Fatigue?


Posted by Lisa O’Neill Hill

As a stroke survivor, you may be struggling with fatigue. That’s not surprising. Strokes are physically and emotionally exhausting. Most stroke survivors grapple with some sort of fatigue and many have trouble sleeping.

“Sleep has a great restorative function,” says Kyoung Bin Im, M.D., M.S, staff physician at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ Sleep Disorders Center and assistant professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry at Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. “Stroke affects the brain itself—sleep may be even more important for stroke survivors.”

If you’re a stroke survivor and you never feel rested, consider these recommendations:

Wake up at the same time every morning.

Go to bed only when you are ready to fall asleep. “Bed time isn’t as important as the time you wake up. Don’t go to bed until you feel really ready,” Dr. Im says. “Lots of patients with insomnia go to bed too early in the evening.”

Don’t worry about the number of hours of sleep you’re getting. “There’s no right amount of sleep in terms of a number. In general, sleeping seven to nine hours is a really healthy duration,” Dr. Im says, adding some people need more and some need less. The key is whether you feel refreshed.

Talk to your doctor if you are tired and are having trouble sleeping, especially if you are snoring, gasping for breath, or waking up a lot. Obstructive sleep apnea is common in stroke survivors.

Avoid sleeping on your back. This can help with sleep apnea. “Sleeping on the side can make a huge difference,” Dr. Im says. Sleeping on the back may not be right for everyone. Ask your doctor if it’s OK for you.

Consider pillows. They are not just for your head. Using a body pillow can be helpful and keeping a pillow behind your back may help you stay on your side.

Get exposure to light in the morning. “It could be a natural source—sunlight—or a light box,” Dr. Im says. “That morning light will reset your time clock in the brain.”

If your primary care physician can’t solve your sleep challenges, Dr. Im suggests asking for a referral to a sleep specialist.

“Sleep is really important in restoring function back,” Dr. Im says.