September 2, 2013

Neck Size and Stroke Incidence

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neck-sizeThe circumference of a neck can be used as a marker for the risk of stroke. A study published in Diabetes Care shows how the correlation between neck size and stroke risk exists in people with T2D.

Carotid arteries are located in the neck. A stroke is caused by the blockage of blood flow in the brain. Pressure on the carotid arteries may cause plaque to break off and cause a stroke. Neck circumference may influence the risk of stroke.

The strongest indicators for stroke risk were BMI, waist circumference, and neck circumference. But after all information gathering was complete, neck circumference was the strongest factor associated with stroke risk.

Both waist circumference and BMI are good indicators for overall body fat content. Since the neck circumference is a good measure for upper-body adiposity, it is also the best indicator for the likelihood of stroke.

The findings of the study indicate that upper-body subcutaneous fat may have a direct impact on local vasculature. This local vasculature has a great influence on stroke risk.

If you’re a pencil neck or a meat head, you’re being judged by the size of your upper body. With this information in mind, consider the importance of having healthy blood flow to your brain. Cut down on the saturated fats and keep up with the cardio.

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