6 Things to Start Doing Today to Prevent a Stroke

Stroke is one of the most debilitating conditions and can lead to speech loss, paralysis, memory loss and even death.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they can take steps to conquer this condition proactively. Research shows that making healthy lifestyle choices can lower your risk of stroke by 80 percent.

However, some risk factors, such as age, genes, birth weight, gender and ethnicity are uncontrollable.

Focusing on the uncontrollable factors will only lead you to feelings of despair. It’s best to pay attention to what you can control. Below are some of the changes you can start making today to prevent a stroke.

1. Quit smoking

According to the World Health Organization, smoking doubles your risk of stroke. The nicotine in cigarettes raises blood pressure, increasing the risk of damage to blood vessels.

Smoking also thickens your blood and causes plaque buildup in the arteries. These effects interfere with the flow of blood to your brain and consequently increase your risk of stroke.

2. Increase your level of activity

Do you make an effort to walk more steps every day and do strength training? If you don’t, you may have a higher risk of high blood pressure.

As you may know, high blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for stroke. Exercise can also lower your cholesterol levels, improving circulation.

If exercising regularly is a struggle for you, opt for short workouts. You should also get a pedometer and aim to increase your steps every day.

3. Increase your intake of plant-based foods

Research shows that a plant-based diet reduces the likelihood of stroke risk factors, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and waist-to-hip ratio.

Further evidence suggests that increasing your fiber intake can lower your risk of having a first stroke.

Don’t ignore this tip, even if you’re on a vegan diet. With so many processed vegan foods, it’s possible that your intake of plant-based foods is low.

4. Reduce your alcohol intake

Surprisingly, alcohol can lower the risk of stroke. According to research, moderate alcohol intake (one drink a day) may lower your stroke risk.

However, more isn’t better. Drinking two or more drinks a day may raise your blood pressure, which consequently increases your risk.

Don’t drink more than one glass of alcohol a day, and it’s better to drink red wine since it contains resveratrol, which has brain and heart-protecting properties.

5. Dont ignore snoring

Sometimes we snore due to sleep apnea, a condition that stops breathing numerous times during sleep.

This condition may increase your risk of stroke by cutting the supply of oxygen and blood to your brain. It may also raise your blood pressure.

6. Dont stop taking your medications

You’re probably taking medications if you’ve already suffered a stroke. You have to continue taking the medications to a recurrence.

As you may know, people who have suffered a stroke have a greater risk for another stroke. Don’t fall into the category of the 25 percent of people who stop taking their medications after three months.

Other than making the lifestyle changes I’ve recommended above, you should look out for stroke warning signs. Weakness or numbness on the face, leg or arm, especially on one side of your body should raise an alarm. Speech problems and loss of balance and coordination may also mean you’re in danger. It’s also important to remember that women may experience different stroke symptoms from men.

41 comments

Thomas M
Thomas M2 days ago

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Hui S
Hui S5 days ago

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Sue M
Sue M5 days ago

Useful info - thank you

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Michael F

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Lesa D
Lesa D7 days ago

thank you Brian...

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Peggy B
Peggy B7 days ago

TYFS

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Carole R
Carole R7 days ago

Very good advice. Thanks.

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN hEARFIELD7 days ago

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Angela K
Angela K7 days ago

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Marija M
Marija Mohoric8 days ago

Interesting, tks very much for sharing.

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