Slash your risk of death from stroke

Somewhere in the country, someone is dying of a stroke right now.

Every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke -- and every four minutes, someone dies from one.

Because they're so common and so deadly, you can't wait until you have one to get serious about protecting yourself.

The time to act is now, and the latest research shows one important step you can take today to slash your risk of dying from a stroke: Make sure you don't have anemia, and treat it if you do.

Because just one simple step can cut your risk of death from stroke in half!

When you have anemia, you don't have enough of the red blood cells to haul oxygen around the body -- and especially to the brain.

Your brain REALLY needs this stuff. It uses up 20 percent of your oxygen supply, even though it makes up less than 3 percent of your body weight.

A stroke, of course, is when the blood supply gets cut off. That's dangerous enough in the best of times, when you're in perfect health and your blood is carrying all the oxygen you need.

But it's far worse when you have anemia, because the little blood that does reach your brain won't have what it needs. You'll get less of that all-important oxygen -- just when you need it the most.

As a result, a recent study finds anemia will double your risk of death in the year after an ischemic stroke and increase the odds you'll die of hemorrhagic stroke by 50 percent.

The real tragedy here is that none of this risk is necessary because anemia can often be reversed or cured fairly easily.

Well, it CAN be... but it usually ISN'T.

Most of the folks who have anemia are never cured because they're never treated -- and they're never treated because they don't even know they have the disease!

Some 3.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with anemia, but experts believe millions more have the condition without realizing it.

What's amazing is that most of them have all the warning signs. They're tired all the time... have cold hands and/or feet... suffer from shortness of breath... and more.

Yes, in hindsight it's perfectly clear they had anemia all along.

But because those symptoms are often relatively mild, many folks chalk it up to aging and never mention it to a doctor until/unless it gets worse.

If you have any of those warning signs, speak up.

Treating anemia is easy enough in many cases -- but you have to find the cause first, and that's the tricky part.

Often, it's a deficiency in either iron or vitamin B12, but other common causes include everything from an undiagnosed bone marrow disease to a reaction to your medication.

Don't make changes to your meds willy-nilly, and definitely don't start taking iron supplements on your own. If you suspect you may have anemia, speak to a holistic medical doctor who can help find the cause and figure out the best way to treat it.