HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Will a banana a day keep a stroke away?

St. Paul, MN People with a low amount of potassium in their diet may have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study published in the August 13 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The observational study involved 5,600 men and women over age 65 who were free of stroke when they started the study. The participants were followed for four to eight years to record the number and type of strokes that occurred.

The people with the lowest amount of potassium in their diet were 1.5 times more likely to have a stroke than those with the highest amount of potassium in their diet. Low potassium intake was defined as less than 2.4 grams per day; high intake was more than four grams per day.

Researchers say that more studies are needed confirm these results and to determine whether increasing potassium in the diet can prevent strokes.

Other studies have shown that low amounts of potassium in the diet are associated with a greater risk of death from stroke. The study also looked at people taking diuretics, common medications that reduce the amount of water in the body and can rob potassium from the body. Diuretics are used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and kidney disease.

"Diuretics clearly help prevent stroke by controlling high blood pressure, but we wanted to see whether their effect on potassium levels would affect the risk of stroke," said study author and neurologist Deborah M. Green, MD, of the Neuroscience Institute at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Of people taking diuretics, the study found that those with the lowest level of potassium in their blood were 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke than those with the highest level of potassium in their blood.

Green stressed that the results do not imply that diuretics create an excessive risk of stroke. "The question is whether diuretics would be even more effective with
'"/>

Contact: Cheryl Alementi
calementi@aan.com
651-695-2737
American Academy of Neurology
12-Aug-2002


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Obesity among African-American stroke survivors increases risk factors for recurrent stroke
2. Neurobehavioral function during coma, stroke rehabilitation effective for elderly
3. Blood pressure treatment could cut risk of strokes and heart attacks
4. Mayo Clinic develops first genomic-based test to predict stroke from ruptured brain aneurysm
5. Folic acid and vitamin B12 decrease risk of hip fracture in stroke patients
6. Columbia study finds hemophilia therapy dramatically improves outcomes for bleeding stroke
7. New device will help stroke victims recovery
8. Regular cannabis may increase risk of stroke in young users
9. Viagra used in stroke recovery study
10. COX-2 product offers good and bad news in test tube strokes
11. Mount Sinai stroke prevention trial published in JAMA

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 ... ... provider of DevOps and Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by ... (EATS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), an industry ... a range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual American Healthcare ... be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... The company has developed a suite ... regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every formula has been developed ... , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Soy Free, Non-Dairy*, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... in post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health joint venture through ... AccentCare has been operating a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Malvern, PA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... is the recipient of a 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best ... New York City on October 11, 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... Korea , Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based ... next-generation CPR training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device ... compression during cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared to ... also offers real-time feedback on efficacy of the compression ... crowdfunding campaign has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... and Consulting, LLC , and named its founder as ... in Tennessee , will operate under ... EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for health care partners to include ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces the European launch ... called the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in Cambridge, U.K ... visible particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity ... novel technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... The HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: