admin - May 23, 2012
It doesn’t take a brain scientist to figure out many of the common sense factors that can help to reduce one’s risk of stroke, although the results of those factors can certainly influence the brain towards a healthier life. Since May is National Stroke Awareness Month, this seemed like a good time to remind our many readers of the ways that you’re more or less in control of a good deal of your health when it comes to stroke prevention, and we think that’s very good news worth sharing time and again. Below are several great tips that anyone of any age can incorporate into their personal stroke prevention regimen, courtesy of the folks at Health.com.
- Keep your weight under control. After the age of 18, even putting on 22 extra pounds of weight contributes to an increased risk of stroke. There are plenty of reasons why this is the case – decreased movement capacity, a harder working heart, greater fat deposits in and around blood vessels – but the bottom line is, extra weight on your body is just bad for business. Your joints, your self-esteem, your heart and your brain will thank you for keeping your weight under control throughout your lifetime, and there are plenty of resources out there to help people of all ages shed those extra pounds – from reducing calories, eating nutritious foods and portion control to weight-training exercise and aerobics for fat-burning. You CAN manage your weight successfully.
- Stop smoking. This one seems like a complete “no brainer” but many people are unaware that cigarette smoking contributes to stroke. The very good news is that once you quit, your risk of stroke decreases considerably after just two years, and after 5 years, your risk of stroke is at the same level as complete non-smokers! When you think about all that smoking “contributes” to a life – lung cancer and emphysema risk, facial skin wrinkles, heart disease, stroke, smelly clothing, monetary depletion —there are multiple reasons for quitting or at least reducing.
- Enjoy a healthy diet. High saturated fat and high cholesterol diets – diets mainly based on meats and heavy dairy products – contribute to higher cholesterol levels and higher levels of atherosclerosis (fatty plaque in the arteries) in the human body. These conditions contribute to stroke by increasing the risk of blockages in the arteries. High sodium levels also raise blood pressure, which can contribute to stroke. Eating 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day may reduce stroke risk. ry depletion —there are multiple reasons for quitting or at least reducing.
- “M” is for moderate drinking. Did you know that alcohol consumption raises blood pressures levels, which of course increases the risk of stroke? And did you know that studies have found that alcohol consumption raises the risk of certain brain hemorrhages and ischemic stroke as well? Drinking two drinks per day seems to be the limit of putting beneficial alcohol into your body, so watching your alcohol consumption is a very good way of lowering your risk of stroke. But don’t just watch your alcohol consumption – keep it to two drinks a day for safety’s sake. And if you don’t drink, that is just fine. There’s no need to start.
- “E” is for exercise. Life Line Screening will always advocate for the regular inclusion of exercise in everyone’s day-to-day activities. Exercise does amazing things for almost all parts and processes in the human body – from appetite and digestion to building strong bones and releasing endorphins. Exercise makes your heart stronger and lowers your blood pressure, plus reduces your weight so that your heart does not have to work as hard pumping blood throughout your body. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the value of exercise, so we encourage all our customers to battle diabetes and high cholesterol (2 key elements in stroke formation) through an organized exercise regimen. As always, if you’re just starting out with exercise, talk to your physician before you begin.
Life Line Screening provides stroke screening tests to clients all across America every week of the year. During National Stroke Awareness Month, we encourage you to check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well to learn much more.
You can read the full article on stroke prevention tips by visiting this website page: http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20411053,00.html