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High Cholesterol and Diabetes: Risk Factors That Can Lead to Stroke Explained

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Stroke is considered as one of the top three killer diseases in the world next to cardiovascular disease and cancer. It occurs when there's a sudden loss of blood supply to the brain due to an interruption to the veins. This interruption can either be caused by an obstruction on the blood vessel or by an intracranial bleeding or more commonly known as hemorrhage.


When a stroke, previously known medically as cerebrovascular accident, occurs, the motor skills of the part of the brain that's responsible for them is minimized or ultimately lost. This is why and an individual affected by stroke present different postural stance like one hand is curved in and normal gait when walking is affected.


High Cholesterol and Diabetes are just some of the most common risk factors that an individual develops a stroke aside from obesity, smoking and excessive drinking. High cholesterol, despite many believes, is actually an essential part of the body. It is needed in many bodily functions including the production of hormones. The problem occurs when the bad cholesterol levels is higher than the good cholesterol levels. When there's too much bad cholesterol (LDL – Low Density Lipoprotein) in the body it can cause the build up of plaque – cholesterol that attaches itself on the inner walls of the veins, hardens overtime and eventually clogs up the normal blood flow. LDL can't seem to hold the cholesterol in its liquid state that's why there's a build up of plaque. Good cholesterol, on the other hand, is the one responsible to hold on the cholesterol in its liquid form and extract from it the nutrients that the body needs. It is also responsible for the excretion of bad cholesterol and breaks down the plaque build up as well.


Diabetes is a group of metabolic disease in which a person can't produce insulin or the cells can't respond to the insulin produced. Insulin is responsible for regulating the blood sugar levels in the body. When a person has diabetes, the sugar can cause build up in the veins just like the way hardens when no heat is applied.


To help prevent the risk of developing stroke, experts suggests the regular consumption of Omega-3 rich foods like cold water fish (tuna, salmon and herring) and dark leafy vegetables (broccoli and spinach). Pharmaceutical companies like Nordic Naturals have Omega-3 supplement products that can help in increasing the Omega-3 levels in the body to aid in combating and preventing stroke.


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