Stroke and your diet

There are many dietary factors that can affect your risk of having a stroke. Learn about what foods to eat and what to avoid to minimise your chance of a stroke.

Belly fat triples stroke risk

Strokes have tripled in recent years among middle-aged women in the US, an alarming trend doctors blame on the obesity epidemic.

Dark chocolate lowers stroke risk

Just in time for Valentine's Day comes word that eating dark chocolate appears to lower your risk of stroke or lessen the likelihood of death after a stroke.

Folic acid cuts stroke risk

Folic acid supplementation may reduce the risk of stroke by 18 percent or more, but it's not clear whether it boosts outcomes for other cardiovascular conditions, researchers say.

Binge-drinking may up stroke risk

People who occasionally binge-drink may have a heightened long-term risk of suffering a stroke, even if they do not regularly drink heavily, a new study suggests.

Chocolate lovers show lower stroke risk

Swedish researchers found that of more than 37 000 men followed for a decade, those who ate the most chocolate had a 17% lower risk of stroke than men who avoided chocolate.

Chocolate may make some strokes less likely

In news that's sure to delight chocolate lovers, a Harvard study finds that a couple of squares of dark chocolate a day might reduce the risk of a haemorrhagic stroke, by 52%.

Omega-3 prevents second stroke

Eicosapentaenoic acid, the essential omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid abundant in oily fish may help protect stroke patients from suffering a second stroke, a study shows.

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