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Diet & Health : Heart & Blood Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM


Fast food linked to stroke risk
By Sue Mueller
Feb 21, 2009 - 2:07:33 PM

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Feb 20, 2009 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study suggests that eating too much fast food may increase risk of stroke, the third largest killer in the United States, Reuters reported.

 

The study showed that residents of one Texas country who lived in neighborhoods with the highest number of  fast food eateries were 13 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those who in neighborhoods with the fewest fast food restaurants.

 

Researchers who presented their study at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference said it is not clear whether or not the association is a causal relation.

 

For the study, Dr. Lewis Morgenstern of the University of Michigan's stroke program and colleagues examined 1,247 cases of stroke reported in Nueces County, Texas between Jan. 1, 2000 and June 2003.

 

The researchers found the presence of one fast food restaurant in a neighborhood increased stroke risk by one percent.





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