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Stroke Risk Factors You Can Control

Last updated 3 years ago

Strokes can be debilitating or deadly. They require immediate emergency care, and adjusting to life after a stroke can be a major challenge to say the least. The absolute best thing you can do to treat a stroke is prevent it before it happens. While there are some risk factors you can’t control, there are plenty of others that you can eliminate simply by changing your lifestyle. They are:

Your Choice of Diet

A diet full of good, healthy nutrition versus one laden with fats and non-nutrients is a good way to stave off a host of chronic illnesses, diseases, and conditions. Reduce your risk of stroke and many other health problems by choosing to eat a diet centered around plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

You can have satisfying portions of meats, just be selective about the type of meat, going for white meats and seafood before red meat. Try to minimize your consumption of refined or added sugars and salts. Finally, keep it all in balance, only taking in as many calories as your body actually needs.

Your Level of Exercise

Regular exercise can help you control your weight, but it also has a number of other health benefits, including improving circulation. You don’t have to become a body builder, but do try to get in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, with at least two of your sessions incorporating some type of weight training. Walking is an excellent and easy starting point if you’re just beginning.

Your Tobacco and Alcohol Use

Any type of tobacco use increases your stroke risk, especially cigarette smoking. In fact, it doubles your risk. If you’ve tried to quit and feel you can’t, talk to a doctor today about options to help you quit. It could save your life! As to drinking, moderation is key.

At Oak Hill Hospital in Brookesville, we want you to have the healthiest life possible. If you do need emergency care, don’t hesitate to come in right away. We also offer a number of other health services, including our state of the art robotic surgery techniques. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 741-5120 for more information.


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