Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Is It Okay To Be A Little Bit Fat? A New Study Offers An Answer

Well at BMI of  29 I am overweight, still working on that, 10,000 steps a day allows me to continue my social dinners and wine parties and not gain weight at least.
Everyone knows that being obese is very bad for your health. But how overweight do you have to be before you should worry? A new study covering millions of people attempts to answer this question.
The short answer: being a little bit fat isn’t so bad, especially if you’re already a senior citizen, but the fatter you are, the shorter your life expectancy. Let’s dive into the details.
Also on Forbes:
The new study, published in The Lancet, is a combined evaluation (a meta-analysis) of 239 studies that included over 10 million people from four continents: Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. All the studies followed their subjects for a long time, averaging nearly 14 years of observation. The authors (a large consortium called “The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration”) wanted to exclude people who might have already been sick, so their study only looked at people who (a) had never smoked, and (b) who lived at least five years after the study began.

This left them with nearly 4 million people, of whom 385,879 died at some time during the course of the study. From this large data set, the researchers computed the risk of death as a function of body mass index (BMI).
[Aside: BMI is a simple function of your height and weight. For example, someone who stands 5'11" and weights 170 has a BMI of 23.7. A height of 5'6" and weight of 150 gets you a BMI of 24.2. You can calculate your own BMI using this calculator.]
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The study divided people into six groups:
  • underweight, BMI 15–18.5
  • normal, BMI 18.5–24.9
  • overweight, BMI 25–29.9
  • obesity grade 1, BMI 30–34.9
  • obesity grade 2, BMI 35–39.9
  • obesity grade 3, BMI 40 or above
The main outcome that they studied was mortality (death) from any cause. Of course, one can argue that this is too simplistic, since if someone dies from, say, an auto accident, it probably wasn’t due to their weight. But the results were consistent across all four continents, which argues that the study design was probably good. Here are the main findings for each group:
  • BMI 15–18.5: 47% increased risk of death
  • BMI 18.5–24.9: no increase (normal)
  • BMI 25–29.9: 11% increased risk of death
  • BMI 30–34.9: 44% increased risk of death
  • BMI 35–39.9: 92% increased risk of death
  • BMI 40 or above: 171% increased risk of death

Another way to describe these hazard ratios is this: with a BMI above 40, people are 2.71 times as likely to die during any particular time period as people with a normal BMI.
If these numbers seem scary, keep in mind that this is relative risk, not absolute risk. So an 11% increase in risk might mean that your chance of dying increases from 1% to 1.11%; it certainly doesn’t mean you have an 11% risk of dying.

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