Information on Strokes
WHAT IS A STROKE?
When the blood flow is restricted in part of the brain, it is called a stroke. The part of the brain where blood flow stops actually dies. The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, where a blood clot blocks an artery leading to the brain and cuts it off from blood flow. A hemorrhagic stroke is another common type of stroke, and is when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. All of these can cause partial paralysis or full paralysis to one side or all of the body. A big enough stroke can even be fatal.
ARE STROKES LINKED TO OBESITY?
Research shows that obese or overweight individuals tend to have higher blood pressure, which is the leading cause of strokes. Thus, overweight or obese individuals tend to have a higher risk of strokes. Heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar are also known to cause stroke, and are all health problems associated with being overweight. Being overweight has many negative consequences, including life-threatening ones such as risk of stroke.
HOW CAN WEIGHT LOSS HELP?
In order to decrease risk of stroke, it’s important to lower your blood pressure. This can be done by losing weight. Losing weight can improve blood pressure and lower cholesterol and blood sugar, which can significantly reduce risk of stroke. At the Oklahoma Men’s Clinic, we offer weight loss programs to aid in the prevention of strokes.
Our weight loss programs are easy and effective, as we work closely with you to make sure you stay motivated to lose weight. Our weight loss treatment plans are easy to follow and unlike other diets, make it easy to lose weight. Call us today to get started.