Obesity Nearly Doubles Stroke Risk

A healthy middle-aged man nearly doubles his risk for a stroke if he is obese, according to a study of more than 7,000 Swedish men. In fact, an obese man with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30 increases his chances of having a stroke by some 93 PERCENT! If these numbers sound familiar to you, I'm not surprised. A 2002 study by physicians at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found a similar relationship between obesity and stroke. (In the earlier study, researchers found a...

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