Hi, Fellow Community Members!
A stroke can be a serious, even fatal, health emergency. As scared as you might be of a stroke, do you know what to do to lower your risk? May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and here are 6 things you can do to help lower your risk for a stroke.
- Eat a healthy diet. You’ve heard the “eat healthy” advice before, but a healthy diet can help prevent yet one more dangerous condition: strokes. A few specific ways to eat healthier include eating
- a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits,
- fat-free or low-fat dairy products; and
- protein sources such as seafood, nuts, eggs, beans, and nuts. At the same time, limit your intake of sugar, saturated
- Move more. People who exercise at least five times a week have a reduced risk
fora stroke, according to the American Stroke Association. So just how much physical activity do you need? The current recommendations are for 150 minutes of moderate activity, such as a brisk walk, water aerobics, or biking and two or more weekly muscle-strengthening activities. That 150 minutes breaks down to 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Here’s the good news: If you find it hard to build in a 30-minute block of time, you can break it up throughout the day. For example, take a brisk 10-minute walk right after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It all counts!
- Don’t smoke. “Smoking doubles the risk of stroke when compared to a nonsmoker,” the American Stroke Association reports. “Smoking increases clot formation, thickens
blood, and increases the amount of plaque buildup in the arteries.” If you are having trouble quitting, ask for help from trained professionals.
- Keep your alcohol intake to a minimum. Excessive alcohol use is associated with increased blood pressure and stroke risk. If you must drink, aim for no more than two drinks daily for men and one
- Do your best to keep other health conditions under control. Atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure are just some of the chronic conditions associated with a higher stroke risk. In fact, if you have diabetes, your risk for a stroke is four times higher than someone who doesn’t have diabetes. Take any medications as needed and see your doctor for regular checkups to help keep your overall health in check.
- Stay aware of what you can’t control
withyour stroke risk. Unfortunately, you can’t change certain factors that increase your stroke risk. This includes an older age (55+), being a woman; being African-American, Hispanic, or Asian; a family history of stroke, and having a previous stroke. However, even if you fall into any of these categories, it’s better to know about your risk ahead of time.
Thanks for reading our blog. At Home Helpers of Bradenton, we look to not only make life easier but to also make a difference in our clients’ lives. It is truly an honor to have an opportunity to work with members of our community and we take the trust bestowed to us very seriously.
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