Young adults tend to think they are invincible, but new studies give pause for concern. The new research reveals strokes are on the rise among younger people, a group not usually at high risk for such conditions. More patients in their 30s and 40s are being treated for strokes.
A total of 7.3% of stroke victims were younger than age 45 in 2005 up from 4.5% in 1993. The number of older people having strokes is actually decreasing. This is believed to be because medical advice has been targeting older individuals and it has worked.
Health issues such as rising rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes — are the major risk factors for stroke — among younger people. Individuals without medical insurance are at an even greater risk, because they don’t have an opportunity to get regular screenings and medical advice.
The best thing you can do on your own to prevent strokes and other diseases is to eat right, exercise, and refrain from smoking. If you don’t have health coverage, call and speak with a licensed insurance agent to get free guidance in finding affordable health insurance.