Diabetes – Major Factor Responsible for the Stroke!!
It is well known that high blood pressure is one of the major factors for stroke. This is because high BP increases the workload of the human heart and damages arteries and organs over time. As a result, people with high BP are more prone to stroke when compared to people with normal blood pressure. However, this risk may decrease as people age.
According to a study, published in the Journal Neurology, both factors can be managed by medication and this can decrease the risk of stroke in patients.
The study also found these factors may have less impact at an older age. However, there are chances that other risk factors do not change with age.
“The findings of the study indicate that whether a person is at high risk for stroke depends on their age,” George Howard, DrPH, of the University of Alabama in the US and study author said.
Participants of this study were divided into three age groups. While the youngest group has people in the age group of 45-69, the middle group included people who were in their late 60s and 70s. The oldest group of the study had people whose age was 74 or above.
Researchers found that younger people having high BP had an 80 per cent higher risk of having a stroke in comparison to people who did not have high blood pressure. The risk decreased to 50 per cent for people in the older age group.
Similarly, the study found that younger people with diabetes were almost twice as likely to have a stroke when compared to people of the same age group who did not have diabetes.
When researchers looked at race as a risk factor, they found that white participants had a lower risk of stroke when compared to black participants.