Stokes are unfortunate and mostly preventable. Approximately 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented, according to stroke.org. It’s important to eat healthy, exercise and have annual physicals to prevent not only strokes, but a lot of other heath conditions. Here are a few tips for preventing the risk of stroke, according to The National Stroke Association’s Stroke Prevention Advisory Board.
You always hear eat healthy, but it’s great advice to follow. Eating healthy foods and limiting unhealthy ones, will decrease the risk of you having a lot of serious health conditions that could potentially lead to having heart disease and stroke.
If you want to live a long and healthy life, don’t even pick up a cigarette to begin with. As you can see from the millions of people out there trying to quit, it’s really hard. Also stay away from second hand smoke if possible. As for the people that already are smokers, try whatever works to help you break the habit. Smoking is very bad for every part of your body and doubles the risk and chances of you having a stroke.
Have your blood pressure checked
Some people may have high blood pressure and not even know it. When high blood pressure I left untreated you are at very high risk for having a stroke. You can usually get your blood pressure checked for free at pharmacies and stores, along with going to your physician which be a more accurate result.
Eat foods low in cholesterol
Cholesterol can be unhealthy if not in moderation. So if you are eating a lot of foods high in cholesterol it can clog your arteries. When your arteries are clogged your heart has to work even harder to function and can lead to a stroke.
Don’t abuse alcohol
Alcohol should be limited to no more than two drinks a day, and if you can help it not drinking alcohol at all or very little, will do a lot for keeping your body healthy.
High Risk Diseases
If you are have diabetes, sickle cell anemia, TIA (stroke-like symptoms), cardiovascular disease, or any other health problems stroke risk factors are significantly increased. So for people with health problems it’s important to control it by taking your medications and following doctor’s recommendations.
Know your family health risk
Genetics can come into play when it comes to your health. When you have a family history of stroke, unfortunately your risk for having a stroke is higher. So good prevention is key.
An excess of calories will cause you to gain weight. Fat storage around your heart and lungs can reduce your risk for a lot of health problems. Eat healthy portions sizes and don’t expand your stomach by overeating. When your stomach expands it takes more for you to feel full.
Make sure your medications or vitamins are not counteracting
Some vitamins in high doses may interfere with your medications or vice versa. So make sure you let your health care professional know all the meds and vitamins you are taking.
Life happens and stress is normal. However, it’s good to reduce as much stress as possible. Stress can cause a whole lot of problems with your health. So try to manage your stress as much as possible.
Get as much information as possible for eating healthy and reducing your risk for having a stoke. There is a lot of great information out there that can be useful.