Want another cup of coffee? Consider this: it might lower your risk of having a stroke.
A new study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association shows that women who drink more than one cup of coffee a day had significantly fewer strokes than those who drank less or none at all.
Although researchers say it’s too soon to change our coffee-drinking habits, the study found that women who drank more than one cup daily had a 22 percent to 25 percent lower risk of stroke.
More than 34,000 Swedish women participated in the study over 10 years.
Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of stroke by “weakening subclinical inflammation, reducing oxidative stress and improving insulin sensitivity,” said Susanna Larsson, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a researcher in the Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, National Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Some women have avoided consuming coffee because they have thought it is unhealthy. In fact, increasing evidence indicates that moderate coffee consumption may decrease the risk of some diseases such as diabetes, liver cancer and possibly stroke,” Larsson said in a news release.
Health professionals urge everyone to call 911 immediately if they show symptoms of a stroke. Note the time that the symptom began as well. Medical professionals can give stroke victims a clot-busting drug within the first three hours of symptoms to reduce the possibility of long-term damage to the body, according to the American Stroke Association.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache
A transient ischemic attack – or TIA – is a “mini stroke” that causes stroke-like symptoms but causes no lasting harm. Treating TIAs can lower your risk of a major stroke.
TIA symptoms are the same as a regular stroke but don’t last as long.
Source: American Stroke Association.
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