Middle-aged and elderly women with abdominal obesity should be alert to stroke

Metis Donfiger, a doctor of neurological medicine at the University of Southern California, reported the latest findings at the 2008 International Stroke Conference: Strokes in women aged 35 to 54 are closely related to their own obesity. For the past 30 years, the waist circumference of middle-aged women has been directly proportional to their incidence of stroke.

From 1999 to 2004, the incidence of stroke among women aged 35 to 54 was 1.79%, while from 1988 to 1994, the incidence of stroke among women of the same age was only 0.63%.

The researchers analyzed the patient s medical history during these two periods, including smoking, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, medication, and clinical scores. Clinical scores included waist circumference, body mass index, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and blood pressure. The results show that women from 1999 to 2004 were significantly fatter than women a decade ago, and mean glycated hemoglobin was also increasing. Researchers believe that abdominal obesity heralds a stroke in middle-aged women.

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