It’s your brain. That vital structure sitting atop your neck and protected by your skull. Damage to our brains, whether through a slow process like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, or through a rapid event like a stroke, scares almost everyone. Frustratingly, we continue to live in a society that makes us think this is a random event and we have little to do with preventing these events.

This could not be further from the truth, whether we are talking about a disease such as Alzheimer’s or an event like a stroke.  This particular study against illustrates just how massively powerful healthy lifestyle choices are at protecting against stroke.

Participants were graded based on 5 factors– smoking, body mass index, physical activity, and vegetable and alcohol consumption.  Those with adherence of all 5 factors had a whopping 67% lower risk of having a stroke.  The association was graded, meaning that the more factors you had, the better the protection—so that even one had a beneficial effect.

It’s your brain. Without it you are merely an elected government representative.  Is it worth adopting these factors to protect it?

James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.