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Change What You Eat, Change Your Risk of Having a Stroke

Change What You Eat, Change Your Risk of Having a Stroke

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States will have a stroke. That adds up to 800,000 people every year. And of those, 140,000 will die. With those numbers, it’s no surprise that strokes rank among the top five leading causes of death in the U.S. 

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Gregory J. Reiter Fund

This episode of The Exam Room™ Podcast is sponsored by The Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund, which supports organizations like the Physicians Committee that carry on Greg’s love for animals by promoting plant-based health and working to end animal abuse.

But how many lives could be saved with diet and lifestyle changes? More than you would think!

On this episode of The Exam Room™ podcast, Vanita Rahman, MD, joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to discuss how steering clear of the high-fat standard American diet can significantly reduce stroke risk. 

Also, Chuck is joined by a very special stroke survivor who shares how a trip to the gym eight years ago turned into a stay in the hospital and lengthy recovery. Julie Wright is a well-known television personality in the Washington, D.C., area who was in the middle of training for an upcoming race when the stroke hit out of nowhere. She also happens to be Chuck’s wife.

The incident turned her life upside down for months and forced her to closely examine what she was eating. However, she says food was never discussed by her doctors and it wasn’t until she began searching for healthier options on her own that she made the connection. 

Plus, Neal Barnard, MD, offers his advice to an Exam Room listener who recently adopted a plant-based diet and wanted some ideas about losing weight beyond avoiding high-fat nuts and seeds. 

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