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The downstream target of the involved serotonin receptor appears to be melanocortin-4 receptors cheap prednisone 5mg without a prescription, in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus order 5 mg prednisone amex. The hypothalamus controls energy expenditure via the ante- rior pituitary and the sympathetic nervous system. Thyroid hormone production and a ‘normal’ level of alertness and physical activity require adequate food intake. Thyroxin output falls during prolonged starvation, when metabolism and physical activity are severely restricted in order to conserve fuel stocks. Two other pituitary hormones are associated with fasting and gluconeogenesis: corticosteroid (which participates in a feedback loop involving pro-inflammatory cytokines) and growth hormone (which defends the body’s protein and glycogen reserves and promotes the breakdown of fat). Subjects feel hungry and eat if possible, but they refine their other actions to suit the circumstances. Hypoglycaemia requires hepatic glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis, while hypothermia requires increased heat production and a redistribution of blood flow. Sympathetic activity is controlled by the hypothalamus, which instructs the adrenal medulla to secrete adrenalin. This is a rather blunt control, and so localised sympathetic responses (such as blood flow regulation) are mediated by individual nerves. Parasympathetic activity can also respond to the hypothalamus, which controls the nucleus of the solitary tract. Normal brain tissue does not take up or metabolise fatty acids (hence its depen- dence on glucose, or the switch to ketone body utilisation). However, the arcuate nucleus converts fatty acids to long-chain fatty acyl-CoA intermediates. The exact mechanism of appetite control is unclear, but it is known that the long-chain fatty acyl-CoA intermediates formed in the arcuate nucleus dampen appetite and reduce food intake. Recently discovered in the suprachiasmatic nucleus, prokineticin 2 is a sig- nalling molecule that appears to help control hunger. Both lean and obese mice treated with prokineticin for five days lost almost 5% of their body weight. Highly motivated pathologically obese individuals have achieved excellent results, but it is very difficult for most people to achieve a weight loss greater than 10% for an extended period, although even this modest reduction is considered to be worthwhile. To achieve sustained weight loss it is normally recommended to adopt a low-fat, physically bulky diet, rich in fresh fruit, green vegetables and unrefined carbohydrates; the diet should have a low glycaemic index, reducing the need for insulin. This diet should be supplemented by an exercise programme to increase energy demand, leading to a gradual weight loss over several months. High-fat ‘Atkins’ diets are also effective in producing weight loss, particularly because they induce rapid satiation. They are not widely recommended by nutritionists, although the evidence against them is largely speculative and anecdotal. High-fat and ‘Mediterranean’ diets seem more effective than conventional low-carbohydrate diets for sustained weight loss. The feared dislipidaemia and cardiovascular problems with such diets have so far failed to materialise. Leptin has major effects on reproductive behaviour (sexual maturation is delayed by lack of food). Starving women, female athletes and anorexics with low fat stores experience secondary amenorrhea. Leptin signalling defects lead to gross obesity, but these are very rare in humans. Many of these gut peptides are incretin hormones, which also stimulate insulin release. Resistin A peptide hormone Polymorphism of the resistin gene is produced by associated with obesity. Resistin has an adipocytes (and anti-insulin action, and is itself suppressed by probably by other insulin and the pro-inflammatory cytokines. Output is increased by thyroid hormone T4 but the physiological function is not yet understood. Adiponectin A mixture of By increasing glucose catabolism, anti-inflammatory adiponectin achieves a reduction of glucose peptide hormones levels in vivo. Adiponectin increases insulin secreted by sensitivity in target tissues, but also adipocytes, which also stimulates fatty acid oxidation and blocks the regulate energy differentiation of new adipocytes in bone homeostasis and the marrow. First to stabilise immune system activity, but it identified as products also has spillover effects on appetite and of the immune system weight regulation. Amylin Pancreatic β-cells Amylin produces a feeling of satiation, and co-release a second may assist in the regulation of food intake. It response to long-chain may be effective in its own right because it dietary fat. In a diet consisting of 70% carbohydrates and 30% protein with no fat, some protein will be used for body building and repair, and some will be converted into glucose. This will result in a rapid and sustained elevation in blood glucose levels, stimulating insulin production. Thus, a high-carbohydrate diet will provide excess of what is necessary for immediate energy usage.

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While it would be useful There are few studies with validated data from to know the incidence (occurrence of first stroke stroke registers or other sources order prednisone 5 mg mastercard. The incidence of events) prednisone 20 mg visa, in most populations data may be available stroke has declined sharply in Finland during the on mortality from stroke only, but not on non-fatal last decades [8], and in 1998 it was 241/100 000, not events. The case fatality at the stroke event, usually far from other Western industrialized countries, determined as the proportion of deaths occurring after a steady fall of about 3% per year throughout during the first 4 weeks after the onset of stroke event, the 15 years studied. Mortality from stroke declined gives information about the severity of stroke and even more steeply, around 4% per year, with a may also reflect the efficacy of early management of standardized mortality rate in 1998 of 50/100 000 acute stroke. The relative frequency of different sub- among men and 30/100 000 among women [8]. Denmark [11], have reported no fall in stroke Chapter 5: Basic epidemiology of stroke and risk assessment incidence, while an increase in the incidence in the nine western European populations, stroke of stroke has been observed in Eastern Europe and mortality declined. In Shanghai, China, almost no Changes in incidence and improved survival on decline in incidence of stroke but a clear decline in the downward trend in stroke mortality are not easy stroke mortality was reported [13]. The differences to quantify, due to the difficulty of measuring accu- observed between countries in mortality rates, and rately the incidence of stroke. Overall, the case In many epidemiological studies strokes have been fatality was high in all eastern European countries. In women, the difference in case fatality of stroke Definitions by clinical means alone can be impre- between populations was larger than in men, ranging cise and sometimes misleading. On Trends in stroke event rates, case fatality a global scale, stroke is the second most frequent cause of mortality world-wide and a leading cause and mortality of stroke of disability. Stroke event rates declined Risk factors in nine of 14 populations in men and eight of Stroke has a multifactorial origin and a plethora of 14 populations in women. In men, the case fatality putative and confirmed risk factors have been listed of stroke declined in seven populations, increased and tested in various types of studies. Among of the global epidemiology is severely hindered by the women, a decline in case fatality was seen in eight lack of any kind of data on stroke occurrence and risk populations, no obvious change was seen in three, and factors in most populations in the world. The trends in case over 65% of all deaths due to stroke occur in develop- fatality were statistically significant among men in ing countries, studies of stroke epidemiology in these only two populations with declining trends and in populations hardly exist. Among women, there The American Heart Association Stroke Council’s was a significant downward trend in four populations. Of the 14 populations, stroke mortality posed recommendations for the reduction of stroke declined in eight populations among men and risk [15]. Stroke mortality reviews published during 2001 to January 2005, refer- increased in all the eastern European populations ence to previously published guidelines, personal files 79 except in Warsaw, Poland. In Beijing, China and and expert opinions to summarize existing evidence Section 2: Clinical epidemiology and risk factors Table 5. Risk factors or risk markers for a hormone therapy, poor diet, physical inactivity and first stroke were classified according to their potential obesity and central body fat distribution. Less well- for modification (non-modifiable, modifiable, or documented or potentially modifiable risk factors potentially modifiable) and strength of evidence (well- include the metabolic syndrome, alcohol abuse, documented or less well-documented). Non-modifiable drug abuse, oral contraceptive use, sleep-disordered risk factors include age, sex, low birth weight, race/ breathing, migraine headache, hyperhomocysteinemia, ethnicity and genetic factors. Well-documented and elevated lipoprotein(a), elevated lipoprotein-associated modifiable risk factors include hypertension, exposure phospholipase, hypercoagulability, inflammation and to cigarette smoke, diabetes, atrial fibrillation and cer- infection. This paper represents probably the most thor- tain other cardiac conditions, dyslipidemia, carotid ough assessment of the prediction and potential for the 81 artery stenosis, sickle-cell disease, postmenopausal prevention of stroke. Section 2: Clinical epidemiology and risk factors Non-modifiable risk factors of stroke Overall lifestyle patterns Age is probably the most important determinant of and stroke risk stroke; the risk of stroke doubles for each successive Recently, in the analysis of the data from the Health decade after age 55 years [16, 17]. Stroke is a common and the burden of stroke that may be attributed to disease in both men and women, but it is more common these unhealthy lifestyle choices was calculated [31]. Diet and other lifestyle factors were updated from self- Racial or ethnic specific stroke risk is difficult to reported questionnaires. It is 54% of ischemic stroke cases were attributable to lack not necessarily “stroke genes” that are behind this of adherence to a low-risk lifestyle, and among men familial aggregation, but one or more of the mecha- the corresponding proportions were 35% and 52%, nisms may contribute to it such as (i) familial occur- respectively. Low-risk lifestyle was not significantly rence of risk factors for stroke, (ii) genetic associated with risk of hemorrhagic stroke, nor was it susceptibility to these risk factors, (iii) familial in the Women’s Health Study [32]. Other studies have sharing of environmental/lifestyle factors associated also evaluated joint effects of multiple lifestyle-related with stroke and (iv) the interaction between genetic risk profiles on stroke risk. Currently, rapid dam study, almost 60% of ischemic stroke cases could advances in genetic research are taking place and have be attributed to hypertension, diabetes, hypercholes- resulted in the identification of genes associated with terolemia, smoking, and heavy alcohol consumption stroke and its subtypes. Low birth weight is another (>15 g alcohol/day in women, >30 g alcohol/day in risk factor for stroke [29, 30], as it is for cardiovas- men) [33]. Although these risk factors defined as cholesterol <200 mg/dl, blood pressure themselves cannot be modified, it does not mean <120/80 mmHg, and not smoking, was associated that the stroke risk in such individuals could not be with 52% to 76% lower risk of total stroke mortality modified. In the Women’s Health Study, women with the attention to the control of modifiable risk factors. These are described in the next chapter by healthy diet, had 71% lower risk of ischemic stroke Brainin et al. In this chapter, some general observations compared with women with the least healthy lifestyle are made on lifestyle factors, and their relative import- [32].

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