High fat diet does not increase stroke risk

October 7, 2003 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

High fat diet does not increase stroke risk

Eating a diet high in fat does not seem to raise the odds of stroke in middle-aged men, researchers in the United States reported in the British Journal of Medicine.

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke but unlike heart disease, a high fat diet does not have an impact on stroke.

Although further research is needed to confirm their findings, the researchers said blood cholesterol is probably not an important predictor of stroke. Lowering blood pressure, regular exercise, not smoking, moderate alcohol intake and a normal weight are important for preventing stroke.

Their results are based on a study of 43,732 healthy middle-aged men who were followed for 14 years. During this time, more than 800 men had a stroke. The researchers looked at total fat intake, specific types of fat and cholesterol and the risk of stroke.

There was no link between total fat, types of fat and stroke.

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