Vitamin C May Be Associated With Reduced Risk of Stroke

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Any health professional will tell you how important vitamin C is for living a healthy life. It is well known that the nutrient helps protect against cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. Now, a study set to be presented at an upcoming medical conference says vitamin C may also be connected to a reduced risk for hemorrhagic stroke.

hemorrhagic-strokeHemorrhagic strokes are the less common variation of the two types of stroke. Ischemic stroke is by far the most common form, which occurs when a blockage in a blood vessel stops blood from reaching a part of the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes, on the other hand, occur when a weakened blood-vessel suddenly ruptures and causes brain to leak into the area around the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes are also far more deadly.

Combined, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say strokes kill over 130,000 Americans a year, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the country. But, closer attention to vitamin C levels may be able to lower the number of hemorrhagic strokes. Study author Dr. St├ęphane Vannier, of Pontchaillou University Hospital in France explained:

“Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke, as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol, and being overweight in our study.”

The study consisted of comparing 65 patients who had experienced a hemorrhagic strokes with 65 healthy control participants. Both groups had their vitamin C levels tested, and the results showed that 41% of all participants had normal vitamin C levels, while 45% showed lower or depleted levels. The final 14% had levels so low they were labeled vitamin C deficient.

By large, the participants who had experienced a hemorrhagic stroke also showed depleted or deficient levels of vitamin C. The full details won’t be available until the results are published in a peer-reviewed journal, but the American Academy of Neurology released the current details in advance of its 66th Annual Meeting, set to take place in April in Philadelphia, PA.

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