There are healthy lifestyle choices you can make, that will lower your risk of having a stroke. Here are five.
1. Lose weight
Body weight plays a part in overall health, and Body Mass Index, (BMI may) determine risk for stroke. Obesity may cause irregular heart rhythms, which lead to Diabetes and sroke. Prevent obesity by exercising daily, and eat no more than 1500-2000 calories each day.
2. Lower blood pressure
High blood pressure can significantly increase your stroke risk, because it weakens blood vessels and may damage major organs . Blood pressure readings should be no mor than 120/80. YOu can lower your BP readings by eating fish 2 or 3 times a week, and cutting back on red meat. Eat 4-5 servings of vegetables and fruits daily. Decrease sodium intake.
3. Baby aspirin
Individuals who have already had a heart attack or stroke, may be told by their doctors to take a daily regimen of baby aspirin, because aspirin prevents blood clots which may lead to heart attack or stroke. Check with your doctor before beginning aspiring therapy.
The daily dose of aspirin varies. Some proponents say heart attack and stroke can be prevented, by taking one 81mg tablet a day, while others indicate the recommended dose is 2 baby aspirin daily.
4. Drink a glass of red wine daily
Research indicates that wine in moderation, will relax blood vessels and prevent stroke. One glass of red wine offers enough of resveratrol to help prevent stroke.
A study done in Finland concludes that individuals who keep physically active, have less risk of stroke than those who are sedentary.
The bottom line is, if you exercise and eat properly you will lose weight. Add to this a daily baby aspirin, and glass of red wine, and you will improve your overall health, decreasing not only stroke risk, but risk of Diabetes and heart disease as well. You will also be increasing your life span.