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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