YOUNGER STROKE VICTIMS AN ALARMING TREND TO GREATER LIFETIME DISABILITIES

INCREASING PREVALENCE OF DIABETES AND OBESITY THE FOE, SAYS JOURNAL "NEUROLOGY."

BY THE NUMBERS: 795,000 strokes will occur this year.
133,000 will be killed each year. Good news: 7 million stroke survivors in the USA over age 20.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can also cause paralysis and speech and emotional difficulties. Lifestyle changes and better management of risk factors with medication have led to overall lower rates.

The 'disturbing trend' will alter doctors' thinking, say the researchers. Among blacks 20-54 the rate increased from 82 per 100,000 people in 1993 to 128 per 100,000 in 2005.