How to Avoid a Stroke at Early Stage
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. It can happen to anyone at any time. Stroke is not only life threatening, but it can also cause long-term disability. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clot or burst vessel. If untreated, this lack of oxygen can lead to death of brain cells and permanent disability. However, by taking steps now to prevent stroke you may be able to avoid having one in your future self! Here are some things that you can do today that will help prevent a stroke:
Smoking is a major risk factor for stroke. Smokers have a higher risk of having a stroke than nonsmokers do. In fact, smoking can increase your chances of having a stroke by as much as 50%. If you’re thinking about quitting smoking now or have recently quit, congratulations! You’ve just taken an important step toward protecting yourself from this serious health condition.
If you’re not quite ready to quit yet but are still interested in taking steps toward reducing your stroke risk factors (like lowering the amount of stress in your life), try some of these other strategies:
Control Your Blood Sugar
The most important factor that affects blood sugar is insulin resistance. This occurs when the cells fail to respond to insulin and therefore cannot absorb glucose from the blood stream, resulting in high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can lead to an increased risk of developing heart disease, kidney failure and nerve damage among other things.
To avoid these risks it’s important to control your blood sugar levels by eating foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains instead of processed foods like white breads which are high on refined sugars. You should also eat small meals throughout the day rather than big meals at night because this will help keep your metabolism working efficiently by avoiding spikes in insulin production after eating large portions at once (which causes sudden drops).
Lower Your Blood Pressure
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Take medication as prescribed by your doctor
Lose Excess Weight
One of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of having a stroke is to lose excess weight. Losing weight can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which are both risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In general, losing weight has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
If you are overweight or obese (a BMI of 25+), losing even small amounts of weight can make a big difference in how healthy your heart is. A study published in JAMA in 2007 showed that overweight people who lost 5-10% of their body weight reduced their risk for developing diabetes by 58%.
Exercise is a great way to keep your body healthy and strong. It can help reduce the risk of stroke, help maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and make you feel better overall.
If you don’t have time to exercise every day, try to get moving as much as possible by walking around more frequently throughout the day instead of sitting so much at work or school. Also take regular breaks throughout the day where you stand up from your desk/chair/laptop screen for five minutes each time. This will allow fresh blood flow into your brain which helps prevent strokes!
Take care of your health.
You are a being of light, and as such you have an obligation to yourself, your family and your community to take care of your health. You must treat your body with respect by eating well and exercising regularly. The mind is also important; this is where all our thoughts come from and what we think about determines who we are. Your spirit is the most important part of you because it connects you to everything else in the world around you.
You can take steps today to avoid having a stroke. The key is to be proactive about your health, and this means changing the way you eat, drink, exercise and manage stress. Addressing any known risk factors in your life today will help keep you healthy tomorrow!