Check out your stroke risk

THE number of fast-food restaurants in your suburb can indicate the likelihood you will have a stroke.

Researchers have found people living in areas with the highest concentration of fast-food outlets had a 13 per cent higher stroke risk than those in areas with the lowest number of the restaurants.

The US-based study neutralised demographic and socio-economic factors, but it found the relative risk of ischaemic stroke increased one per cent for each fast-food restaurant in a suburb.

“What we don't know is whether fast food actually increased the risk because of its contents, or whether fast-food restaurants are a marker of unhealthy neighbourhoods,” said Dr Lewis Morgenstern of the University of Michigan.



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