Posted on 11 Dec 2014

Helpful Tips to Reduce the Risk of a Stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood supply is cut off to part of the brain. It can be a bleed or a blockage in one of the blood vessels in the brain. The brain cells can be destroyed or damaged, as the blood carries oxygen and essential nutrients to the brain. A stroke is a serious medical emergency and immediate treatment is required, and can be beneficial to a good recovery. A stroke can affect people in different ways depending on the type, part of the brain affected, the amount of damage, and lifestyle prior to the stroke.

Can lifestyle and medicals conditions increase the risks of having a stroke? Yes they can. Consumption of alcohol, and smoking are known contributors to the risk of strokes. High levels of animal fats in the diet are also contributors, as is excessive weight. Suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol can also increase the risk of a stroke.

The Stroke Association suggests small lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of a stroke. A recent Harvard University study suggest that eating 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day can lower the risk by 30%. Broccoli, cauliflower, and citrus fruits are considered particularly valuable as they are high in folic acid, potassium, and fibre. A diet low in saturated fats and calories will help to manage cholesterol levels and obesity. A diet high in salt will contribute to high blood pressure, therefore reduce the salt levels in your diet.

Exercise, of course we can’t forget the exercise. A brisk walk each day will help to manage weight. Low impact exercise such as swimming, biking, or tennis will improve the cardiovascular system. This will strengthen the heart muscle, and reduce your normal heart rate. Small lifestyle changes can have an impact on your health in the future.


Health and Fitness Advice by FitFarms Editorial Team

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