Trans Fat Consumption May Be Linked To Increased Stroke Risk In Older Women.
HealthDay (3/2, Holohan) reports that according to a study published online March 1 in the Annals of Neurology, there appears to be “a 39 percent increased risk of stroke among postmenopausal women who ate the highest amount of” trans fats. For the study, investigators “analyzed data from the national project known as the Women’s Health Initiative. They looked at the trans-fat intake of more than 87,000 women aged 50 to 79 using a dietary database developed at the University of Minnesota and questionnaires that measured trans-fat consumption.”
MedPage Today (3/2, Phend) reports, “Women who ate the most trans fats were 39% more likely to have an ischemic stroke compared with those who had the least in their diet (P=0.048 for trend).” Researchers found, however, that “aspirin use altered the link…with no effect of trans fat intake for women taking it (P=0.43 for trend) but a 66% elevated ischemic stroke risk for non-aspirin users with the highest trans fat consumption (P<0.01 for trend)."
WebMD (3/2, Boyles) reports that the researchers also “found no evidence linking total fat intake or intake of other types of fat to stroke.” MedWire (3/2, Withers) also covers the story.
Risk Of Ischemic Stroke May Increase With Duration Of Diabetes. WebMD (3/2, Goodman) reports, “The longer a person has diabetes, the higher their risk of having a stroke, according to a new study” published in published online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
HealthDay (3/2, Gordon) reports that the study included nearly 3,300 people, 22 percent of whom had diabetes at the beginning of the study.
MedPage Today (3/2, Neale) reports that investigators found that, “compared with nondiabetics in the longitudinal study, those who had the disease for at least 10 years had a three-fold higher stroke risk (HR 3.2, 95% CI 2.4 to 4.5).”