Stroke link to fast food eateries

February 19, 2009 2:15:54 PM PST
If you want to find the areas with the greater risk for stroke, just find the areas with the most fast food restaurants.

Researchers studying one Texas county discovered that residents in neighborhoods with more fast-food restaurants had higher stroke rates. Some neighborhoods had THREE TIMES more fast-food restaurants than others.

A neighborhood with 33 or more eateries had a 13-percent higher stroke rate. Each additional fast-food restaurant in the neighborhood increased the chance of stroke by 1 per cent.

Researchers aren't sure whether the easy availability of high-fat, high-salt food is to blame...

Or whether fast-food restaurants cluster in neighborhoods where more people make unhealthy choices.

Fast-food consumption has previously been linked to higher rates of heart disease.

Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke.

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