There is an increase in stroke among young adults and teenagers as indicated in a recent study made in the United States. The study also pointed out that Type 2 diabetes was among the factors that may be linked to strokes. Aside from Type 2 diabetes other factors that were found to be involved in strokes include smoking, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The number of persons between the ages of 15 up to 44 who were confined to a hospital due to a stroke has increased significantly during the period from 1995 up to 2008 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC. This increase among was reportedly more than one third, according to the CDC study.
Claims indicate that this may have been caused by the increase in type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure among young persons. Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure were conditions that normally affect older people.
The recent study was reportedly published on the Annals of Neurology. The study has also revealed that young adults and adolescents who suffered a stroke saw an increase in their use of tobacco during the same period of time. At the same time, these individuals also saw an increase in levels of cholesterol as well as Type 2 diabetes.
The lead researcher of the study in connection to type 2 diabetes was Mary George. She indicated that she was amazed by the scope of the dangers of cardiovascular disease among the younger generation following the study.
She also pointed out that promoting a healthy lifestyle among individuals when they are still quite young is very much necessary. Having a diet that is good for one’s health, regular exercise and staying away from alcohol abuse and tobacco will make it easier to prevent a stroke from happening. This comes as the study may have found a link between Type 2 diabetes and strokes among individuals.