Last week, CTV released a story about increasing stroke rates in those under age 60. Dr. Patrice Lindsay of Heart & Stroke said that strokes are becoming increasingly common in those in their 30s, 40s, and 50s–an 11 per cent increase in the last decade, in fact. The reason?Lifestyle. They may work long hours, grab fast food on the way home, and then not exercise; this has led to an increase of diabetes and high blood pressure in the younger age groups. While most survive a stroke thanks to early stroke care, many still have to deal with the resulting disabilities for the rest of their lives. Plus, a stroke earlier in life can pave the way for other health problems later in life–particularly dementia. In fact, the brain damage from a stroke doubles one’s risk of developing dementia. This is not just a problem for younger people, either. Heart & Stroke estimates that in the next 20 years, the number of Canadians living with stroke will almost double.
This is an alarming problem, but it does not come out of nowhere. Even children are exposed to unhealthy amounts of sugar in seemingly healthy smoothie snacks. Most people know about the detrimental effects of soda on children’s health and teeth, but few expect healthy smoothies to be worse. After all, the label claims proclaim no sweeteners, no added sugar, etc. Yet, in the UK, a Happy Monkey Strawberry & Banana Smoothie contains almost six teaspoons of sugar (23g) in each 180ml carton. A full-fat version of a soft drink, Tizer, contains fewer than two teaspoons.
Something as simple as more water intake could help this epidemic. Water helps in pain toleration, normal body function, reduced headaches and food cravings, increased energy, and overall health.
People should also be aware not only of the expected unhealthy GMO foods, like fast food, but also the unexpected ones, like farmed salmon. One study found that farmed salmon was five times more toxic than any other food product tested. This is due to many factors, including the food fish are fed.
In the teen years, on top of the dietary issues, sleep issues also become a greater concern. Between the pressure to succeed, constant media connectivity, and regular stress, some teens get 5 hours or less of sleep per night, despite actually needing around 9 hours. This sleep deprivation leads to performance problems and mood issues, including suicidal tendencies.
Besides healthy food and an active lifestyle, supplements can help these precursor issues, as well. Laktokhan can help with proper gut bacteria, L-Taurine can help the heart, DMAE Lights On capsules can help brain focus and concentration, and Melapure Melatonin can help reset the sleep cycle.
To evaluate your stroke risk, Heart & Stroke has a free assessment here: https://ehealth.heartandstroke.ca/questions