Lifestyle 'doubles stroke risk'

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Unhealthy lifestyles are associated with more than double the risk of a stroke, a UK study has reported.

Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not taking enough exercise and eating few vegetables and little fruit contribute to the chances of a stroke, it found.

Just a small proportion of the 20,000 adults studied had healthy enough lifestyles to protect against the condition, researchers said.

Strokes cost the UK £7bn a year, the British Medical Journal article added.

Previous studies have shown that lifestyle behaviour, such as smoking and diet, are associated with the risk of heart attacks and stroke, but the impact of a combination of risk factors in apparently healthy people has been less clear.

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