Strokes are on the rise in women ages 35 to 54 but not in men of the same age. This rise in strokes among middle-aged women goes along with the 2-inch “rise” in their waistlines. These findings are just in from the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans, from a study led by Dr. Amytis Towfighi of the University of Southern California.
The study found other “un-healthy” indicators on the rise too in 35 to 54 year old women. Body Mass Index increased from 27.11 to 28.67, pushing overweight women ever closer to a 30 BMI, the point at which overweight changes to obesity. There was an almost 9 percent increase in the number of women using medication to lower blood pressure and a 2.6 percent increase in the use of medication to lower cholesterol.
What do these statistics mean? They mean that the risk factors are showing once again that being overweight carries risk. So you see, feeling lighter is not only a matter of comfort. Looking better is not only a matter of looks. Going down a whole size is not only a matter of self-satisfaction. These changes matter for your health too.