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Currently, in Canada, doctors are treating more than 400,000 patients for long-term disability following a stroke. That’s a huge number, right? You’d think so, but medical professionals are warning it’s about to skyrocket.

“This is a crisis,” Dr. Mark Bayley of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute warns. “We’re going to have many, many people living with the effects and disability of stroke.”

A study in Stroke medical journal says that by 2038, 726,000 Canadians will be stroke survivors, an 80 per cent jump over two decades. This means there will be many, many more elderly folks suffering from paralysis (full and partial), and a relatively large percentage of them won’t be able to feed or dress themselves. We haven’t even begun to understand the financial strain this will add too, to individuals and the country as a whole.

Because of Canada’s aging population and more sedentary lifestyle, the prevalence of strokes is set to increase, with the biggest groups expected to reside in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. What can we do to minimize the impact? Doctors advise getting plenty of exercise and eating right. Seems like a small sacrifice to make for our health.

Watch the video, above, for all the details.