As if young people don't have enough to worry about-- now a Today Health article finds that they are at an increasing risk for strokes, making false the common notion that strokes mostly occur in the elderly.
Recent data done by the journal Neurology suggests that strokes and "ministrokes" are on the rise in younger people – which they defined between the ages of 20 and 54.
The researchers pointed to increasing rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes as key contributors to the growing numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figured that 664,000 Americans between 18 and 44 had suffered strokes since 2010.
The elderly are still more susceptible to strokes because they are more likely to have accumulated excessive fatty plaque buildups in their arteries over their lives. It's still important to be aware of the risk factors for younger adults though.