Stay hydrate and keep yourself at the ready during any situation, say experts.
A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, says hydration and hydration maintenance are key to prevent stroke.
The research team, which included researchers from the University of Southampton and University College London, looked at stroke risk factors in a sample of 8,000 people aged 50 to 74.
The study found that people who drank at least three glasses of water a day had an almost two-fold higher risk of stroke compared to those who drank no more than three glasses.
The risk of being a stroke victim increased fivefold in the group who drank more than seven glasses of milk a day.
The study also found that drinking a bottle of milk every day reduced stroke risk by two to three times compared to people who didn’t drink milk.
Researchers suggest that the higher risk was linked to the fact that people drink milk more frequently than other milk products.
A regular intake of milk and other dairy products, such as cheese, cheese-based ice cream and milk products such as yogurt and yoghurt, are associated with lower stroke risk, they add.
Drinking three glasses a day of water each day also reduced stroke risks in those who had a family history of stroke.
In contrast, those who consumed less than two glasses a week were less likely to be stroke-prone.
The team said the results, which have not yet been replicated, might suggest that reducing fluid intake during periods of dehydration could reduce stroke risk.
“Our findings suggest that a low fluid intake may be beneficial during periods when stroke risk is highest, such that reducing water intake may reduce stroke incidence,” the study concluded.
“In this regard, the findings are consistent with previous findings suggesting that fluid intake, in particular water, may be protective against stroke.”
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