Potassium May Help Prevent Stroke

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A study on potassium’s role in preventing stroke for postmenopausal women was just published on Sept. 4, 2014, online in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Data from over ninety thousand postmenopausal women (ages 59 to 79) was analyzed as part of the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study.  The researchers concluded that the women who consumed the most potassium through foods in their diet reduced their risk of all types of  stroke by 12 % and lowered their risk of an Ischemic stroke (one due to clot formation) by 16 %, compared to those who consumed the least amount.  It was further noted that the reduction in stroke risk was even greater for those women who had normal blood pressure as compared to those with high blood pressure. Among women with normal blood pressure, their reduced rate of stroke was 21 % with a higher potassium intake.   A high potassium intake, according to this observational study, was also associated with a 10 % reduced risk from death of all causes compared with the lowest intake during the 11 years of follow up.

The study concluded that all women should consume more potassium rich foods as  stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.  Some foods that are high in potassium are avocados, bananas, white and sweet potato and white beans.  However, consuming too much potassium especially from supplements may be dangerous for older people and people with kidney disorders so its always recommended to consult your medical doctor.



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Nancy A. Goodman

Nancy A. Goodman, NSCA-CPT, ISSA is a certified nutrition consultant and personal trainer. She has years of experience working with individuals to attain their fitness and overall health goals. She is committed to helping her clients live a robust life of wellness.



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