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Protein-rich diet may lower stroke risk, researchers say

Posted:  Monday, June 16, 2014

The researchers at the American Academy of Neurology, suggested that people who consumed higher level of protein are probably less prone to having a stroke as compared to those who had a lower intake of protein in their diets.

Individuals who consumed more protein were 20 % less likely to get a stroke compared to those who didn’t consume any or too little, noted study author Xin Feng Liu, MD, PhD, of Nanjing University School of Medicine in Nanjing, China.

“The amount of protein that led to the reduced risk was moderate—equal to 20 grams per day,” said study author Xin Feng Liu. “Additional, larger studies are needed before definitive recommendations can be made, but the evidence is compelling.”

The researches complied information conducted by different studies. These studies indicated that, there exists a relationship between protein in the diet and a stroke. 254,489 participants from seven studies were followed for a period 14 years.

Brain stroke and symptoms:

A stroke is a common occurrence and happens every 40 seconds. The symptoms of stroke may vary depending on the stroke experienced by the patient and the degree of severity. However, a mild or less severe stroke may not be easily detectable. Do you know the warning signs?

A brain strokes occurs due to the lack of blood supply to the brain; either there is a blood clot or a blood vessel has ruptured in the brain. If an individual experiences any of the following symptoms such as numbness in the face, arms or leg especially only one side of the face ; confusion or disorientation; trouble conversing; having blurry or little vision; dizziness and trouble balancing along with headaches( which come for other reasons as well). These symptoms come to the surface gradually and when experienced should visit a doctor immediately.

An ischemic stroke is caused due to a blockage in the artery that blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Whereas, a haemorrhagic stroke occurs when a week artery ruptures and bleeds into the brain. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a warning sign of an impending stroke.

Stroke reduction and Management:

An unhealthy and stressful lifestyle is the main contributor to the symptoms of a stroke. Having regular check-ups, reduce the use of tobacco and alcohol; indulging in regular exercise helps improve and increase circulation; a healthy diet along with controlling cholesterol and diabetes. All these lifestyles changes are helpful in controlling a stroke.

After experiencing a stroke the important obstacle is getting on your feet and getting to normalcy. Through rehabilitation and physiotherapy, the better muscle control, co-ordination and balance can be achieved. With the help of the speech therapy, the patient can retrain the facial muscles in order to regain the ability to talk and swallow. Also other exercises and rehabilitation can be done to improve hand eye-coordination and other basic skills.

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