High protein diets may reduce stroke risk

By WEEK Producer

June 11, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 10:49 PM CDT

If you're eating a diet that is high in protein, you may be reducing your risk of stroke in the process.

A new study out of China finds diets higher in protein, especially from fish, may cut your stroke risk by as much as 20 percent.

Nanjing University school researchers analyzed seven studies involving more than 250,000 people.

They found that overall, the participants with the highest amount of protein in their diets were 20 percent less likely to develop a stroke than those with the lowest amount.

"We think that the way it works is not just by improving your cholesterol profiles, which is just one component because you get omega-3 fatty acids from fish, for example, but also because it may lower your blood pressure and blood pressure is a major risk factor for all kinds of strokes," said Dr. Jennifer Frontera of the Cleveland Clinic.

Researchers say 20 grams of protein per day decreased the risk of a stroke.

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