Healthwatch: Women and risks of a stroke

Research shows that, over the last ten years, men are less likely to have a than before. But the study also shows that those results don't apply to women. What can be done to help reduce the risk for women and strokes? Dr. Nancy Babbitt has some answers for you

Dr. Nancy Babbitt says, " A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology reveled that men are now less likely to have a stroke than they were 10 years ago. But the risk for women has remained about the same. So this is great news for men but researchers really need to look and understand why women have not had a reduced risk in stroke over the last 10 years despite improvements in treating blood pressure and cholesterol problems. One reason may be related to rising rates of diabetics this condition of type II diabetes increases a women's risk of stroke by 27% more than a man's. So I have 6 tips to try to reduce your risk of stroke. one, if you are a smoker stop smoking, two, control your blood pressure especially if you are at higher risk for stroke. The recommendation for blood pressure has relaxed a little bit but if you have risk factors or heart disease of any kind you should still set a goal of 120 over 80. three, if you've been diagnosed with a-fib make sure you control your heart rate and take medication as prescribed. four, consider a baby aspirin daily for stroke prevention especially if you have family history risk. five, make sure your are screened for diabetes type II diabetes is correlated with the rising rate of obesity. So if you are obese it is important to be check for diabetes. six, make sure you eat a diet rich in plant based foods. Increase fruits and vegetables in your diet. Talk to your family Dr. to find out if you are at an increase risk for stroke. This is Dr. Nancy Babbitt from Creekside Medical Clinic. >