A stroke can be catastrophic or it can have minimal impact - and its severity has much to do with your own nutritional status.
People who have a good diet are less likely to suffer badly from a stroke - which is why no stroke victim should spend too much time in his or her local hospital afterwards.
The food dished up at most hospitals is so dire that it can worsen the outcome, researchers have discovered.
They checked the nutritional status of 131 stroke victims on arrival at one hospital, and then again a week later, and discovered that 26 were under-nourished by the end of the week. As a result, the patients were nearly five times more likely to suffer complications following the stroke.
(Source: Archives of Neurology, 2008; 65: 39-43).