The Stroke Belt.txt
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The Stroke Belt: "Southern" Diet Increases Stroke Risk

People who live in the southern U.S. are 20 percent 
more likely to suffer strokes than people who live in the rest of 
the country, probably because of their diet.  A ten-year follow-
up of more than 20,000 white and black adults over age 45 found 
that strokes are up to 60 percent more common in people whose 
daily diet includes: 
* fried foods (fried chicken, French fries, hamburgers, bacon)
* processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon or ham 
* sugared drinks (sweet tea, sodas).
* heavily salted foods such as greens cooked with ham
Participants who exercised, did not smoke, and ate plenty of 
fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains had markedly reduced 
risk for strokes (American Stroke Association annual meeting in 
Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb 7, 2013). .  

HOW THIS DIET CAN CAUSE STROKES: Frying causes sugar to 
attach to proteins or fats, to form AGE's, Advanced Glycation End 
Products (Circulation. 2006; 114: 597-605).  AGEs damage the 
inner linings to arteries that causes plaques to form, which 
increases risk for heart attacks and strokes.  All cooking 
methods that do not use water cause AGEs to form (broiling, 
frying, baking, roasting).  Water-based cooking methods 
(steaming, simmering, boiling) are safer.  

Foods with added sugars and all sugared drinks cause a 
high rise in blood sugar that causes sugar to attach to the outer 
surface of cell membranes.  Once attached, sugar can never get 
off.  It is eventually converted by a series of chemical 
reactions to sorbitol that destroys the cells.  All sugared 
drinks increase risk for diabetes.  

Not all people develop high blood pressure when they 
eat a lot of salt.  The person most likely to have his blood 
pressure rise too high when he takes in too much salt is the one 
who has a high rise in blood sugar.  High blood sugar causes the 
pancreas to release large amounts of insulin which constricts 
arteries to cause high blood pressure.  Therefore diabetes and 
pre-diabetes (called metabolic syndrome) markedly increase your 
sensitivity to salt which increases your risk for developing high 
blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks and 
strokes.