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Neck circumfence, largeWhat causes strokes? One of the 41 things that causes strokes is obesity (large neck circumfence). (8)
ObesityWhat causes strokes? One of the 41 things that causes strokes is obesity. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is a rapidly growing health threat for women in particular, because of their increasing rates of obesity. Women's waists have grown by nearly two inches in the last 10 years. You need to resist obesity. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight will help you reduce your risk of stroke.
Orgasms, lack ofWhat causes strokes? One of the 41 things that causes strokes is a lack of orgasms. Guys, you can decrease your risk of stroke by 50 percent. David Weeks, in his book, "Secrets of the Superyoung", reported that "the key ingredients for looking younger are... staying active... and maintaining a good sex life." The 3500-people study found that — according to the subjects' photos — "sex helps you look between four to seven years younger." (37)
OvereatingWhat causes strokes? One of the 41 things that can cause a stroke is overeating. A couple of years ago a health-conscious and healthy friend of mine overate. In one sitting he ate a pound of bacon, a pound of plums, and four cups of yoghurt. Within the same hour he suffered a stroke. However,
- He had none of the classic symptoms of a stroke;
- He kept saying he needed a nap, not a doctor;
- As usual, all the doctors refused to make the house call he needed; and
- Against his will the paramedics also refused to take him to the hospital.
ParentsWhat causes strokes? One of the 37 causes of strokes is one of your parents. According to one scientific study, if one of the parents had a stroke, then the risk of stroke is three (3) times greater in his (or her) children. (19)
According to another scientific study (of men born in 1913), if the maternal parent (mother) died of a stroke, then the risk of stroke is three (3) times greater in her male children. (20)
PotassiumWhat causes strokes? One of the 41 things that causes strokes is hypokalemia. Potassium should be high. There is an inverse relationship between potassium and risk of stroke. (34)
Potassium is an essential mineral as well as an essential electrolyte. For example, it regulates blood pressure, as well as helps the body in the transmission of electro-chemical impulses.
Our ancestors used to get 14,000 mg of potassium in their diet. The current minimum requirement is 1525 mg per day. However, unless you eat a lot of potassium-rich foods (and most of us don't), or unless you take potassium tablets (and most of us don't), you might have a low level of potassium (hypokalemia), and aren't even aware of it.
On the positive side, potassium is a part of the complete blood count (CBC) that, once a year, most health insurance plans will pay for. However,
- With high deductibles, your CBC will likely cost you as much as $700, including a doctor's appointment;
- Hypokalemia is extremely common. So, even if you eat low-potassium foods, chances are the routine test value of your potassium will be within the standard laboratory reference range.
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