AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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Teenage Weight Gain Linked to Increased Stroke Risk as an Adult

Kids who become overweight during their teenage years may be more likely to develop a stroke decades later than kids who did not become overweight during those years, according to a study. 

“The stroke rate has been increasing among young adults even while it has been decreasing for older people,” said study author Jenny M. Kindblom, MD, PhD, of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. “While we don’t know the reasons for this increase, it has occurred at the same time as the obesity epidemic.”

The study involved 37,669 Swedish men whose body mass index (BMI) was measured at age 8 and again at age 20. From age 20, they were followed for an average of 38 years. During that time, 918 men had strokes. 

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