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How obesity increases stroke risk

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Here, SR Times looks at how obesity can cause an individual to have an increased risk of stroke.

Obesity is a serious health condition that affects millions around the world. Defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, and it is associated with numerous health problems, including stroke.

Obesity increases the risk of high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for stroke. 

High blood pressure has the potential to cause damage to the blood vessels in the brain, which makes them more prone to blockages or ruptures. 

Obesity can also increase the risk of high cholesterol, another risk factor for stroke. High cholesterol can cause plaque buildup in the arteries, which can lead to blockages and decreased blood flow to the brain.

Finally, obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, which can also increase the risk of stroke. For more on how diabetes is linked with stroke, click here.

If you are obese and concerned about your risk of stroke, there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk. 

The first step is to make lifestyle changes, by improving your diet and increasing your physical activity. This can help to lose weight and reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Furthermore, if you have already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, it is important to work closely with your healthcare provider to manage these conditions. This may involve taking medications, monitoring your blood sugar levels, and making additional lifestyle changes.

If you find yourself struggling with obesity and finding it difficult to lose weight on your own, there are resources available to help, such as, the NHS offers a range of weight management services, including weight loss clinics, support groups, and online resources. These services can help to provide you with the support and guidance you need to lose weight safely and effectively.

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