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Eating Bananas May Help to Reduce Stroke Risk

17 years, 2 months ago

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Posted on Sep 30, 2002, 6 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Recent study results suggest that eating bananas and other potassium-rich foods could lower the risk of stroke. The study of more than 5,600 seniors by researchers from The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, revealed that those with the lowest dietary intake of potassium were 1.5-times more likely to have a stroke within the next 8-years.

Recent study results suggest that eating bananas and other potassium-rich foods could lower the risk of stroke. The study of more than 5,600 seniors by researchers from The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, revealed that those with the lowest dietary intake of potassium were 1.5-times more likely to have a stroke within the next 8-years. Furthermore, this risk was increased by 2.5-times in individuals taking diuretics, and a staggering 10-times higher in people suffering from atrial fibrillation who took diuretics and had a low dietary intake of the mineral. Low potassium intake was defined as less than 2.4 grams a day, roughly the amount present in 1 cup of tomato sauce. "People taking diuretics may benefit from potassium supplementation and periodic monitoring of their potassium level. My advice for all my patients is to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables," said study leader Dr Deborah M. Green. Potassium-rich foods include bananas, apricots, lettuce, broccoli, potatoes, and watercress.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Neurology 2002; 59:302-303, 314-320

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