Strokes are preventable if the right care is taken and the risk can be significantly minimized. One of the simplest things to do is modify your lifestyle. Understand that everyone is busy and doesn’t have time for anything. But we have to make time for our health or one day no amount of time will be good enough to make the changes you should have made years ago. For starters if you are over weight you need to shed some pounds. Adopting a healthier lifestyle is something everyone should do, not just overweight individuals. Being overweight increases your risk of a handful of conditions including diabetes and hypertension which in turn also increase your risk of stroke many fold. The one risk factor that contributes to a myriad of conditions is smoking and quitting can decrease risk for diseases in multiple organ systems.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle includes exercising at least 30 minutes a day, eating under 2,000 calories a day or less depending on how much exercise you are doing and maintaining a normal BMI. There are also certain diseases that increase risk of stroke if not properly managed. These include high blood pressure, diabetes and atrial fibrillation to name a few. High blood pressure can be controlled by medication but also by decreasing salt intake and losing weight. Similarly with diabetes mellitus type II good control of blood glucose includes medication but also eating better, staying away from foods that are rich in carbohydrates and losing weight. Ultimately everything comes full circle and controlling all your preventable risk factors can decrease the risk of stroke many fold. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which there is quivering of the heart muscle, blood is not effectively being pumped and risk of clot formation is increased. These clots can travel through your blood vessels to your brain to cause a stroke. Talk to your doctor about what modifiable risk factors you have and what steps you can take toward decreasing your risk of stroke.
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