Go Nuts About Reducing Your Heart Attack & Stroke Risk!

If You’re Nuts about Nuts, Have We Got Great News for You!

A new study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute found that eating peanuts is linked to a lower mortality rate and can also reduce the risk of death caused by heart attack and stroke.

Participants for the study published earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine included more than 70,000 black and white low-income men and women in the United States, as well as more than 130,000 men and women in Shanghai. Researchers followed the subjects for up to 12 years and found that those who ate more nuts on a regular basis decreased their risk of death by 17 to 21 percent regardless of ethnicity. Cardiovascular deaths were reduced by about 25 percent.

Different From Other Studies

Previous studies generally focused on higher-income, white participants, but researchers claim this analysis is the first of its kind to focus on other ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses. Those preceding studies also linked tree nuts such as almonds, cashews, and walnuts to improved cardiovascular health, but failed to single out peanuts (which are actually legumes). But peanuts, which are more accessible and inexpensive than tree nuts, make the snack an easy option to incorporate into a diet and help improve heart health.

Incorporating Peanuts Into Your Diet

Much like tree nuts, peanuts are high in antioxidants, B vitamins, fiber, and monounsaturated fats, which are beneficial to heart health, and likely the cause of decreased mortality rates. Peanuts are also part of the Mediterranean diet, a plant-heavy eating plan that focuses on consuming fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, fish, and poultry. The diet has also been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.If you’re already snacking on peanuts, keep it up.

If you’re not, add peanuts to your regular, well-balanced diet, but stick to the recommended serving size—a handful of nuts (one to 1.5 ounces) every day. And be sure to opt for low sodium or unsalted peanuts with no oil, as peanuts and other tree nuts are high in calories.

Just One Thing: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious About Stroke

As we wind down the month of May and our Spotlight Series on stroke, we want to leave you with one last thought.

Stroke patients are almost always over the age of 65, right? WRONG. BIGTIME.

We know from the Centers for Disease Control that more than half of all deaths annually from stroke and heart disease happen to people who are UNDER THE AGE OF 65.

Remember that most strokes are preventable. So, take your younger-than-65 eyes and focus them on information about how you can lower your risk of ever having a stroke. Then, take your younger-than-65 body and turn those prevention ideas into a way of life.

They say thinking FAST is a Stroke of Genius. Well then, thinking PREVENTION is a Stroke of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Genius!
Just One Thing to think about…

If you want to know more about the biggest causes of stroke and what you can do about them, go to www.womenandwellness.com and click on Spotlight Series.

Responding F.A.S.T Made All The Difference

On average, one American dies of stroke every four minutes. How should we respond when a stroke hits? F.A.S.T! Lauren Verno of TV20 interviews Mary Green about her experience with two strokes. At first, her daughter Roxanne didn’t realize what was happening. Luckily, they responded by using F.A.S.T. to recognize her symptoms, and Mary was able to quickly recover. F.A.S.T. stands for Facial droop, Arm drift, Slurred speech and Time. Mary’s story of recovery is motivating, and we encourage you to watch the entire report to learn more about her experience, how to avoid having a stroke and how to prepare for when a stroke may happen to you or someone you know.

Women Have A Higher Risk of Stroke, But It’s Not Inevitable

One American dies from stroke every four minutes. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women. To compare, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for men. Jeana Roper sat down with Emily Burris at WCJB-TV20 to talk more about some of the risk factors that are more specific to women, including oral contraceptives or having a history of gestational diabetes. She also explained how the symptoms of a stroke are more vague for women, which may be a contributing factor to women’s higher death rate from stroke.

Watch this interview to learn how to respond if a stroke happens and, when possible, how to prevent stroke from happening at all.

Do You Know The Different Types of Strokes?

A stroke is often called a “brain attack.” Strokes occur when a clot prevents blood from reaching the brain or there is bleeding in the brain. Strokes are not only a leading cause of death in the United States but also a leading cause of disability. There are ways to prepare however, more than 80% of strokes are preventable. We encourage you to learn more throughout the month and to start by taking a look at this easy way to learn the different types of strokes.

Identifying Strokes

The month of May is American Stroke Month and Women and Wellness would like to dedicate our spotlight series to better understanding and preventing strokes. Since over 80% of strokes are preventable and one out of six people will suffer from a stroke in his or her lifetime, we believe this is an important matter to discuss. To start off this month, we put together an easy way for you to identify a stroke. So take a look at our guide below, you never know when it could save a life.