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    Younger People Having More Strokes

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    Over a span of 20 years, strokes among people in the 20-64 year-old age range have climbed 25 percent, and now account for a third of all reported cases.

    Over a span of 20 years, strokes among people in the 20-64 year-old age range have climbed 25 percent, and now account for a third of all reported cases.

    Strokes are the world’s second leading cause of death and among the largest source of disabilities.

    If the condition isn’t treated quickly enough after its onset, effects such as speech difficulties, motor skill problems, and even paralysis can become long-lasting and in some cases, permanent.

    Escalating occurrences among younger people is attributed to the rise in risk factors, including type 2 diabetes and obesity, among the age group.

    Experts say that given the current heath statistics the escalating stroke problem will likely double by 2030.

    Those who will be most affected are people living in countries that have overall poor to average economic situations.

    Should health habits carry on as they are, by then 12 million people will die worldwide per year, and 70 million more will suffer strokes, but survive.

    A change in harmful lifestyle habits, like inactivity, smoking and eating fast food, could prevent 90 percent of those strokes from ever happening.