Strokes are growing by leaps and bounds in our country today. It is becoming one of the leading causes of death in adults over the age of 65. We must do something. The great news is that so much of our lifestyle is a supporting factor to increasing our overall health. Here are some of the top tips for stroke prevention in the latest research.
1.Hold The Salt
High blood pressure is one of the top reasons for a stroke. Excessively high sodium levels are one of the reasons for the increase in blood pressure. Aim for now more than 2400mg of sodium per day and 1500mg if you had any heart issues.
2.Control Blood Pressure
One of the leading ways is with exercise. The research says 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week. Walking is a great start.
Easier said than done. However look at some new techniques such as acupuncture. This will help support healthy arteries support healthier cells.
4.Know Your Numbers
Blood work is essential for knowing where your body is. For stroke prevention, its best to know your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is good for us but not in excessive amounts. Stay within the normal guidelines. A diet high in fiber will help at around 30 grams per day.
5.Avoid Blood Sugar Issues
Keep any blood sugar issues in check. Diabetes can damage the arteries in the hread and neck. Making sure your levels are normalized will ensure the body does not break down in those areas.
Not being as sedentary will help drop the risk of stroke. Numerous studies agree that exercise supports healthier blood vessels and overall cardiovascular function. Make a goal for 5 days a week and 20-30 minutes.
7.Be Checked For Atrial Fibrulation
If this is a concern, be checked by your pohysisican. The abnormal filling of the upper chambers of the heart can be a leading cause for stroke. This can be managed with diet and certain medications if needed.
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