Today’s Headlines: The “Stroke Belt,” The “Stress Belt” and More

Living in the “Stroke Belt” During Adolescence Puts You at Increased Stroke Risk: According to research published in Neurology, “spending adolescence in the “Stroke Belt” of the southeastern United States could make people more vulnerable to stroke later in life – even if they eventually move elsewhere.” Investigators analyzed data on more than 24,500 individuals who were at least 45 years old. The researchers found that “the strongest association existed for people who spent their entire lives in the region, but after adjusting for risk factors, only one age – 13 to 18 – still had a significant association.” (Los Angeles Times)

Report Reveals the Most-Stressed States: A new Gallup-Healthways report based on 350,00 interviews conducted last year, found “that 40.6% of Americans experienced stress ‘yesterday’ in 2012.” The report found “stress levels stayed statistically the same from 2011 to 2012, and that the most-stressed states were generally located in the Midwest and Northeast United States.” Researchers also examined the “link between feelings of stress and feelings of enjoyment,” and found the states with the less stress “also were the states reporting highest levels of enjoyment ‘yesterday,’ while some of the most-stressed states reported the lowest levels of enjoyment ‘yesterday.’” (Huffington Post)

Want to Cut Your Diabetes Risk? Cut Down on the Soft Drinks: According to a study published in Diabetologia, “Just one soft drink consumed daily can raise the risk of diabetes by 22%.” The study found that “a mere 12-ounce serving size of sugar-sweetened soft drink a day may increase the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.” (Bloomberg News)