Obesity and Stroke

Obesity and Stroke

Although modern technology is supposed to make our lives easier, more comfortable, the fact is that people are working harder than ever these days. Case in point: Years ago, it was possible and customary for the average American family to survive and thrive on one income, today that is impossible. In fact, the number of dual incomes families has never been higher as families struggle to find new ways to pay for the rising cost of living. As you might expect, this means that parents have less time to spend with their families and are often too busy to even prepare a proper meal.

In recent years, no one has profited more off of the increasingly hectic American lifestyle than the fast food industry. These companies offer inexpensive food that can be found on nearly every city street corner or in any suburban town. And while they are an incredibly convenient option for busy parents, every proper study that has ever been published or popular documentary that has been made tells us that these foods are unhealthy. Of course, as an occasional indulgence, fast food probably won’t have an adverse affect on your health. But the truth is that more and more people are eating fast food not once, but several times a week.


The overwhelming majority of fast food meals are extremely high in calories, not to mention fats, sugars, carbohydrates, and cholesterol. In fact, there are only two items on the entire menu at Macdonald’s that does not contain sugar. As you might expect, consuming high calorie meals several times a week will inevitably lead to weight gain, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle. And let’s face it, most Americans don’t have physically demanding jobs, and they don’t get enough exercise. This is a disconcerting, possible even deadly combination.


In addition to hypertension, heart failure and diabetes, stroke is one of the deadest medical emergencies and it affects obese people disproportionately. What is a stroke? In medical terms, it is officially classified as a cerebrovascular accident, which means that it involves the brain and the vascular (blood) system. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain encounters a deficiency. And when the brain does not receive enough blood, brain cells may be affected and the brain itself may suffer irrevocable, permanent damage.

Many strokes are the result of a bleeding or a blood clot in the brain. The clot itself is often caused by a buildup of cholesterol in the arteries of the brain. As for bleeding in the brain (also known as a hemorrhage), it is often the result of some kind of head trauma or accident.


Some of the most common symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Lack of sensation in the extremities, arms and legs.
  • Labored breathing.
  • Sudden, partial paralysis, especially in the limbs.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Unconsciousness or numbness, all over.


Treatments for strokes vary according to the time frame, i.e., if the person is experiencing, will experience, or has already experienced a stroke.
If a person is currently experiencing a stroke, immediate surgery is required to relieve pressure on the brain and to reestablish normal circulation and blood flow. Some of the most common surgical procedures include: carotid angioplasty, carotid endarterectomy, hemicraniectomy, and bypass surgery. In addition to restoring proper blood flow, these procedures may also be used to remove blood clots and harmful cholesterol.

If, on the other hand, you have already experienced or are at risk of experiencing a stroke, your doctor will undoubtedly prescribe a battery of powerful medications that will help you reduce your cholesterol level while increasing blood flow.

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