potassium prevents strokes in postmenopausal women

Women who get the most of this, have the least of this: Stroke!

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., and women suffer 60% of them.

But when researchers followed 90,137 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79 for eleven years, they found a simple way to save women’s lives.

The women who got the most potassium in their diet had a lower risk of ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke and of death from any cause during the study. They had a 10% lower risk of dying from any cause, a 12% lower risk of any kind of stroke and a 16% reduced risk of ischemic stroke. For women who didn’t have high blood pressure, the benefit was even greater: a 27% lower risk of ischemic stroke.

The benefits of getting enough potassium may be even greater than suggested by this study since women should get at least 3510mg a day, and only 16.6% of the women in this study got this amount: they averaged only 2611mg. Actually getting enough potassium might have led to even greater benefits.

Stroke 2014;45(10):2874–2880

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