According to the Stroke Association, over 100,00 people suffer from a stroke each year in the UK. Strokes occur when the supply of blood to the brain is reduced or blocked completely and can result in communication problems, tiredness and fatigue, emotional changes and pain.
For some people the impacts of a stroke may be fleeting and short-lived and a full recovery is possible. However, that is not the case for everyone who suffers a stroke. In many instances, those who suffer one or multiple strokes will find that they have been left with life-changing complications, such as partial paralysis.
Reducing our individual risk of having a stroke in the first place is a far better alternative than dealing with the consequences later. Here are a few straightforward and practical steps anyone can take to help to reduce their risk of having a stroke.
Healthy blood pressure
As strokes are more common in those with high blood pressure, maintaining a blood pressure of less than 120/80 can slash your risk of a stroke by up to 75% in some cases. High cholesterol is also known to be a factor, meaning a change of diet could be doubly beneficial.
By leading a healthy lifestyle and keeping a close eye on your blood pressure and seeking treatment if levels rise above NHS guidance, you can help reduce your risk of having a stroke significantly.
Watch your BMI
If your BMI is outside of healthy levels, losing weight can help improve your overall wellbeing and health as well as reducing your risk of having a stroke.
Talk to your GP about a realistic BMI for your age and activity levels and talk about changes to your diet and daily routine that can help the pounds come off without the need to do anything drastic.
Often seen as a cure-all by patients, exercise and staying active really is the way to go if you want to steer clear of common ailments and improve your overall health.
From a brisk daily walk to joining a gym, there are plenty of ways to get moving that don’t require a huge budget or lots of equipment. Get creative and lower your stroke risk at the same time!
The Effect of Magnesium Intake
Taking a daily supplement of magnesium could reduce risks of heart problems and strokes, it has been claimed. About 14 per cent of people aren’t getting enough magnesium in their diet, according to a recent National Diet and Nutrition survey.
You should aim for about 300mg of magnesium a day in adult men, and 270mg in adult women, the NHS recommended.
Everything in moderation
If you like the odd tipple then carry on, but just be aware that alcohol consumption is linked to stroke risk.
If you think that you’ve been indulging a little too often then try to cut back on your intake to no more than two units per day. It’s also recommended to have at least two dry days per week, with no alcohol consumption.
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