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Physically Fit Persons Less Likely to Be Disabled After a Stroke

Individuals who are physically fit are less likely to suffer from a disability after a stroke.  According to new research, however, physical fitness does not necessarily mean lack of fat.  In other words, high body fat percentages are not necessarily predictors of a high risk of disability after a stroke.

According to research conducted at Harvard University, physical inactivity before a stroke is linked to a higher risk of becoming dependent, both before and after the stroke. Researchers focused on more than 18,000 people who had no stroke history. They were followed over a period of 18 years, and during that time, approximately 1,400 persons in the study survived a stroke.

The researchers found that three years after the stroke, people who had a very physically fit lifestyle that included plenty of exercise were 18% more likely to be able to perform independent tasks, such as bathing.  They were also 16% more likely to perform complex tasks, like managing their finances, compared to those who were not as physically fit before the stroke.

The body mass indices of these persons, however, did not have anything to do with their ability to perform tasks on their own independently after the stroke.

A stroke can definitely impact a person’s ability to work and earn a living. It can severely limit a person’s mobility, movement and coordination. The Social Security Administration’s Bluebook includes a listing for Central Nervous System Vascular Accident, and you may be able to qualify under this listing. In order to qualify, however, you must show that your condition has resulted in a permanent inability to speak or write, or inability to control at least two extremities.

Also remember, that a stroke often results in vision problems. In these cases, applicants may qualify for benefits under the blindness or low vision listing.

If your loved one has suffered a stroke and you want to learn more about his or her eligibility for Social Security disability payments, contact an experienced attorney quickly who can evaluate your situation and determine a best course of action.