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Strokes Skyrocket Among Baby Boomers

Strokes Skyrocket Among Baby Boomers
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By    |   Saturday, 09 January 2016 05:53 PM

The fight against one of the nation’s leading killers, stroke, has been touted as a public health success story since it has been decreasing among American seniors, dropping from the fourth to the fifth most common cause of death in the U.S.

But this statistic masks a chilling and dramatic increase in strokes hitting the middle-agers, a group thought to be relatively low-risk for brain-damaging blood clots. And while it’s true that stroke deaths are going down, that’s because the increasing number of younger people stricken by them are more likely to survive, although disabled, than older stroke victims.

Among Americans ages 15 to 44, the incidence of stroke has risen up to 53 percent. And the proportion of strokes in the under-65 population has gone up from 25 to 31 percent. Doctors say the reasons for this alarming trend are clear. Americans are becoming obese, diabetic, and suffering high blood pressure at a younger age than in decades past.

And since we tend not to see doctors regularly at younger ages, many times these conditions go untreated, resulting in a stroke.

“Stroke is a very, very modifiable situation,” says integrative physician Dr. Ronald Hoffman, medical director of The Hoffman Center in New York City and author of “How to Talk with Your Doctor.”

More than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, he says. “Early attention to risk factors can dramatically minimize your risk,” Dr. Hoffman tells Newsmax Health.

The greatest risk factor for strokes, high blood pressure, most often has no known, single medical cause, but is a result of a combination of factors. And at least half of those with hypertension aren’t aware they have it.

The most accurate readings for high blood pressure are not done in the doctor’s office, where stress can cause readings to be temporarily high. Instead, it’s best to get a home monitor and check blood pressure at different times of the day. Most doctors consider a reading of 140/90 or higher to be high blood pressure that warrants
treatment or lifestyle changes.

Smoking can cause high blood pressure and, in and of itself, increases stroke risk.

For anyone who is overweight, losing body fat generally reduces high blood pressure, says Dr. Hoffman, but it can also occur in people who are thin, especially if they have an unhealthy percentage of body fat: above 25 percent for a man and above 30 percent for a woman.

Other tests at the doctor, which can detect stroke risk factors, are cholesterol, triglycerides, and A1c, which measures average blood sugar during the past few months.

Chronic inflammation, measured by a high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test, is another important marker.

Dr. Hoffman points out that no single approach works for everyone to lower blood pressure. Putting down the salt shaker, a common recommendation, is usually not effective. That’s because most salt we get is hidden inside processed foods.

Keep the salt shaker, lose the processed foods, and you’ll likely see your blood pressure go down. For many, reducing carbohydrates and sugars produces better results than cutting salt, especially where blood sugar is also elevated or there is high risk for diabetes.

In addition to diet changes, regular exercise will help. Studies have not shown that one form of exercise is better than another. The important thing is to just get moving.

Sleep apnea can also trigger high blood pressure. Snoring or being inexplicably tired during the day may be symptoms. Losing excess weight and/or using a CPAP machine can correct the condition and help reduce blood pressure.

Dr. Hoffman recommends the following supplements to help lower blood pressure,
inflammation, and stroke risk:

• Magnesium: 200-400 millgrams daily of elemental magnesium.
• Aged Garlic Extract: 600 mg, twice daily.
• Fish Oil: 2,000-4,000 mg of a high quality, molecularly distilled EPA/DHA supplement
Daily.
• CoQ10: 150 mg, twice daily, or 50 mg, twice daily, of a ubiquinol form.
• Hawthorn: 500 mg, twice daily, of a standardized extract.
• Grapeseed Extract: 500 mg, twice daily.
• Beetroot Crystals: 1 serving dissolved in water, twice daily .

By making lifestyle changes and taking natural supplements “the majority can, at the very least, get off multiple blood pressure medications, maybe winnow it down to one, or even get off medications entirely,” says Dr. Hoffman.

He adds that it’s important to now the signs of stroke: Arm weakness, slurred speech, and face drooping.

When stroke symptoms occur, time is of the essence, when it comes to getting treatment.

“The longer you go without blood flow to the brain, the worse your outcome is going to be,” Dr. Tobleman tells Newsmax Health. “It’s better to come in to the emergency department and find out there’s nothing wrong, than to stay home and die.”

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