Stroke risk in older women may be lessened by foods rich in potassium

A study suggest that older women have a lesser risk of suffering stroke if they eat foods rich in potassium, an article of the Washington Post stated on September 4.

Senior researcher and author Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller and other colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that women who consumed the largest amount of potassium reduced their general stroke risk by 12 percent, 27 percent if they did not have hypertension. Only 2.8 percent of the experimental population was consuming the government recommended 24,700 milligrams of potassium a day; some are worried that this sample reflects similar percentages at a national level. Because of this, the author suggests that women, regardless of age, need to be more cognizant of including more potassium rich foods to their diet.

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