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When it comes to reducing your chances of having a stroke, there are many factors out of your control. Gender, age, and family history are just a few of the risk factors that you can do nothing about. The good news is there are some lifestyle changes that you can make today that can reduce your chance for stroke in the future.
“Up to 80% of strokes in the US are preventable”- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
According to Stroke.org, these are the key changes you can make.
- Eat Healthier- It is no secret that eating a balanced diet is important. Keep meals healthy by adding more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean meat, while avoiding sugar, processed foods, and foods high in fat and cholesterol. With stroke prevention, it is also critical to limit your sodium intake to about half a teaspoon daily. Eating the right foods can play a vital role in keeping your blood pressure in check. High blood pressure increases your stroke risk by double, triple, and even quadruple.
2. Exercise regularly- 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise is all it takes, and you will reap the benefits in no time. Not only will exercise help you feel better, but also will lead to weight loss. Harvard health states that even a weight loss of 10 pounds will lower your risk for having a stroke. Walking with a friend, participating in a group fitness class, and playing golf are all ways to keep you active.
3. Stop smoking- Smokers are twice as likely to have stroke. This increased risk is due to the thickening of blood and build-up of plaque within arteries. It is important to avoid second-hand smoke, as well. Second hand smoke increases your risk for having a stroke, just as it does for the primary smoker.
4. Limit alcohol intake- Women should have no more than one glass of alcohol a day, and men no more than two. Any more than these limits will greatly increase your risk for stroke, as much as by 69% reported in some studies.
Did you know? According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of long-term disability in the U.S.
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