Stroke incidence within people in their 40’s and 50’s has shown a dramatic increase since the turn of the century. This is thought to be as a consequence of increasingly sedentary lifestyles and obesity.
The Stroke Association announced the news and urged both the public and health bodies to take note that the current £9bn a year cost of treatment to the UK, would see significant increases. The trend reflects the general lifestyles that are being adopted and could be partly addressed by health reform involving taxation of foods that lead to obesity.
NHS data England shows:
- The number of 40-54 men hospitalised by a stroke grew by 46% from 4,260 in 2000 to 6,221 in 2014.
- The number of 40-54 women hospitalised by a stroke grew by 30% from 3,529 in 2000 to 4,604 in 2014.
- Hospital admissions for stroke related issues within people aged 20-64 grew 25% between 2000-2014
The real concern is that weight related illness will very quickly overtake smoking as the major cause of death and some health experts believe it should be treated with similar taxation and emotional society pressures bought to bare on smoking.
Blood pressure is the biggest risk relating to strokes but obesity increases the chances of a blood clot causing a stroke by 64%. The options for dealing with the issue lay mainly with the victims who need to be encouraged to take more care of their health. Basic activities from taking regular walks and avoiding the obviously harmful food products that are packed with sugar and fats are at the core of preventing further escalation.