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Study Finds Increasing Number of Strokes in Young People

Bloomberg News reports on a study in the Lancet that has found increasing rates of stroke amongst young people since 1990. The study “searched Medline, Embase, LILACS, Scopus, PubMed, Science Direct, Global Health Database, the WHO library, and WHO regional databases from 1990 to 2012″ and included 119 studies. A meta-analysis showed that the number of people between the ages of 20 and 64 who have experienced strokes in the past 20 years has increased by 25%, and that people in developing countries are particularly affected. The article sites increasing rates of obesity and diabetes in developing countries as possible causes of stroke, where people emerge from poverty “only to grapple with a lack of information that leads to poor lifestyle choices.” Experts suggest that nearly 50% of strokes in young people could be prevented by implementing proper diet and lifestyle changes.

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in The Lancet.