Study Links Potassium to Fewer Strokes in Older Women

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By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women?

Possibly, suggest the findings from a new study. But the research is too preliminary to confirm that potassium alone — and not a better overall diet — actually plays a major role in helping women avoid strokes and live longer.

However, the study’s findings were significant enough for one of the study’s co-authors to make this recommendation: “Postmenopausal women should eat more potassium-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, milk and unprocessed meats in order to lower their risk of stroke and death,” said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, professor emerita with the department of epidemiology & population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Potassium is an important mineral that helps the…

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