Prevent Stroke With Consuming Olive Oil
Older people who consumed olive oil had a lower risk of stroke than those who do not eat them. Some scientists from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux, France, 7625 to monitor the development of the French people aged 65 years in three major cities, namely Bordeaux, Dijon, and Montpellier, for five years.
During the study, there were 148 people who had a stroke. Respondents were divided into groups according to their actions using olive oil, from people who do not use it at all until they are used in serving food, cooking, and baking bread.
When the researchers adjusted for various factors, such as body weight, physical activity, and food as a whole, it was revealed that respondents who use olive oil as "intensive" has a 41 percent lower risk of stroke than those who never consume olive oil.
"Our research shows the need for a new set of dietary recommendations to prevent stroke for those aged 65 years and over," said study author, Cecilia Samieri, as quoted by AFP.
Meanwhile, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, Dr. Nikolaos Scarmeas, who wrote an editorial published with the study, emphasized that the study was "observational".
The study found an association between the use of olive oil by humans and they face the risk of stroke, Scarmeas said. People who eat olive oil may be very different from people who do not use it.
Users of olive oil, for example, may have a higher income, better overall eating or exercising more often than those who never consume olive oil.
The researchers in the new study, led by Cecilia Samieri, trying to account for those differences. And once they do, olive oil, it proved to have a relationship to lower stroke risk.
However, Scarmeas said that was unlikely to fully account for all the variables. What is needed, he said, is a clinical trial, which is the object of the study were randomly assigned to use olive oil or not, and then followed its development from time to time to see who had a stroke.
Such a clinical trial is considered the "gold standard" of medical evidence. "Stroke is common among the elderly and olive oil would be an easy and inexpensive way to help prevent it," said Cecilia Samieri. The findings were published in the media journal of the American Academy of Neurology, "Neurology".
Sources: ANT, AFP