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Ginger wrote:This is from another thread, but I thought it to be so important that it deserved a place of its own:
"Risk of many other degenerative disorders may be decreased in vegans, although reduced growth factor activity may be responsible for an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke."
I first became aware of this issue on Dr. Fuhrman's blog
http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/bl ... haels.html
but there is no mention of reduced growth factor activity. I know about keeping blood pressure low and lowering salt intake. But what do I do about reduced growth factor activity and how big/important a factor is it?
I would really appreciate Dr. McDougall's insight on this critically important piece of our health.
Recent epidemiologic studies confirm that stroke is the most frequent cause of death in the People's Republic of China, with an incidence more than fivefold that of myocardial infarction. Intracerebral hemorrhage causes about one third of all strokes, nearly three times the frequency in North American stroke registries.
China reports more patients with stroke than anywhere else in the world.
In China, stroke constitutes the second most important cause of death in urban areas and the third cause of death in rural areas.
The incidence rate of stroke increased markedly with age for both men and women in both rural and urban areas (Table 2). In general, stroke incidence was higher in men than in women. The incidence of stroke was on average lower in urban areas than in rural areas (Table 2).
Mortality rate of stroke increased significantly with age, for both men and women, in both rural and urban areas (Table 3). In general, mortality rate of stroke was higher in men compared with women, whereas no major differences were observed between urban and rural mortality rate of stroke (Table 3).
Spiral wrote:Are we to conclude that following the McDougall diet raises our stroke risk while lowering our risk of being afflicted with other diseases? I suppose there is a ying and yang to every choice we make.
GeoffreyLevens wrote:One of the reasons Fuhrman recommends consuming small amount of nuts/seeds/avocado is that there seems to be evidence that fat, even animal fat, offers protection against hemorrhagic strokes.
Chimichanga wrote:Damn it ! either way we have to die?
Norm's Grandfather wrote:Nobody gets out of here alive!
Chimichanga wrote:Does anyone know how much sodium would be considered a "safe" amount?
Damn it ! either way we have to die?