August 1997 Issue
Scales Creeping Up? So's Your Risk of Stroke
If you're a woman who weighs much more now than you did 10 or 20 years ago, you're at risk for a stroke. Researchers with the Boston-based Nurses' Health Study have uncovered the strongest evidence to date linking weight gain in women to the risk of stroke. After following almost 117,000 U.S. nurses from 1976 to 1992, the researchers found that those who gained between 22 and 44 pounds were 1.7 times more
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