There was shocking and disturbing news at the recent American Stroke Association conference-strokes rates have risen dramatically between 1994-5 and 2006-7 but only in the younger populations! While there are many explanations for the data (51% rise in 15-34 year old males, for example) but certainly in part, this is related to the obesity crisis coming home to haunt. Strokes are sad because:
- Even with early warning signs and advanced medical therapeutics, strokes remain devastating in terms of quality of life-they less often kill than maim
- Stroke rates can be dramatically impacted by lifestyle decisions-obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, etc.
I have long been an exercise enthusiast and have been proud of my locavore/healthy cooking style. Nonetheless, like many 50-somethings, found my weight had crept to dangerous levels. I have made further adjustments and am proud to say, have dropped 25 pounds over the last 6 months. But then I decided to take an even greater step and try to turn my new awareness to greater purpose. I have set a challenge in both of my offices related to sustainable weight loss. I decided that as a physician I have to both walk the walk AND talk the talk. I hope everyone will try and think of at least one thing you can do in your own life or for those you love to help reverse these dangerous trends.