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Fears the UK faces a stroke epidemic fuelled by bulging waistlines

Stroke brain imageThe UK is facing an “shocking” stroke epidemic as bulging waistlines take their toll, a major report by Kings College London has found. The study of 35 countries warns that within two decades, the number of strokes is set to rise by 44 per cent – far above the average across Europe.

The UK already has the sixth highest number of strokes in Europe, with among the highest cholesterol levels.

Cardiac experts last night warned that soaring obesity levels are fuelling heart problems, and said simple lifestyle changes could greatly reduce the risk of strokes.

The research shows that on current trends, the number of strokes in the UK will rise by 44 per cent by 2035 – compared with a European average of 34 per cent.

Up to nine in ten strokes are preventable, if changes are made to lifestyle, or treatment started for conditions which increase heart risks, research suggests.

The Stroke Association said: “Most strokes are preventable and everyone can take steps to lower their risk of stroke as they get older.”

“Obesity can increase your risk of stroke by at least 64 per cent, however simple lifestyle changes, like eating healthier meals, taking regular exercise and stopping smoking along with checking your blood pressure regularly can greatly reduce your risk.”

And on that you probably guessed what we’re going to add…less time in the chair and more time at a standing desk during a working “white collar” day has enormous long term health benefits.

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