The researchers discovered that women with the highest triglyceride levels were nearly twice as likely to have suffered an ischemic stroke as women in the lowest quarter.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 19, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study showing that high triglycerides may increase the stroke risk in postmenopausal women.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/women%E2%80%99s-health/this-fat-could-be-causing-strokes-in-older-women), researchers found that older women having high triglycerides in the blood is the strongest risk factor for the most common type of stroke.
Abnormal triglyceride levels have long been linked to heart disease and atherosclerosis (plaque buildup inside arteries). Until this study, Doctors Health Press reports, it was unknown if they were independently related to stroke risk in one particular group of people. So they turned to the large, ongoing Women's Health Initiative, which counts 90,000 postmenopausal women and has been tracking them for 15 years.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, one group looked at in the study consisted of 972 women who experienced an ischemic stroke while participating in the Women's Health Initiative. These women were matched with 972 health controls and blood samples were analyzed. The researchers discovered that women with the highest triglyceride levels were nearly twice as likely to have suffered an ischemic stroke as women in the lowest quarter. Amazingly, Doctors Health Press reports, levels of total cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol were not associated with stroke risk.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article says that this is highly significant, as cholesterol has long trumped triglycerides as a way that doctors tell if you are healthy or not. More and more evidence is showing that triglycerides are incredibly important. Based on all this, Doctors Health Press asserts that it looks like we should lower our levels to reduce risk of stroke.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, this is especially vital for postmenopausal women. Elevated triglyceride levels can be triggered by genetic factors or behavioral habits, but can be successfully treated with medication and dietary and lifestyle changes.
Strokes involve the sudden loss of blood flow to an area of the brain. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer one each year. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death for all adults in the U.S., with 140,000 deaths per year.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the most common type of stroke is "ischemic," accounting for more than 80% of all strokes. It is to this type of stroke that triglycerides have just been strongly linked, which is when blood clots obstruct blood vessels to the brain.
(SOURCE: Berger, J., et al., "Lipid and Lipoprotein Biomarkers and the Risk of Ischemic Stroke in Postmenopausal Women," Stroke, Feb. 2012.)
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