Shrinking and Strokes

  • New research from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
  • Investigation of 2 studies involving 2,406 women, aged 30-60 and then 40-73.
  • Study measured participants' height as they aged.
  • Women who lost 2 centimeters of their original height were twice as likely to die from a stroke.
  • Osteoporosis linked to vascular calcification.
  • Calcium buildup in blood vessels = higher stroke risk.
  • Doctors may measure Vitamin D levels to check bone density.
  • Physical activity fights bone density decline.

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