People in Fast Food Meccas May Suffer More Strokes

fast food, tacoWe already know we are what we eat, which is why my belly looks like pound cake.

But a new study says that we are where we live. If there are tons of fast food restaurants in your city, you may be more likely to suffer from a stroke.


A new study from the University of Michigan showed that the risk of suffering from a stroke increased with the number of fast food restaurants located near your house.

They found that the risk of stroke increased 1 percent for each additional fast food joint in the neighborhood. The National Restaurant Association totally disagrees calling the reseach seriously flawed and pointing out that there is only an association, not a proven cause and effect.

But it doesn't take a Ph.D. to see some sort of link. Our doctors do not encourage us to eat more Crunch Wraps and Whoppers, after all.

Strokes are the country's third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. A stroke can be caused by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain or a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain. Pretty scary. Keeping blood pressure low helps prevent strokes. Click here to find out if you are at risk from the American Heart Association.

Here are the very serious warning signs of stroke--if you or a loved one suffers, call 911 that very second:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Do you live near a lot of fast food? What do you think about the link between fast food restaurants and strokes? Make sense or not?

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