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Assisted Living | October 12, 2015 | By Jonita Dixon

How To Prevent Stroke In The Future

happy-senior-couple-at-homeWhile the effort to prevent strokes in older adults and seniors have far to go, a healthy lifestyle with exercise and proper nutrition can reduce the risk of stroke significantly.

How can we prevent stroke

There are some risk factors for stroke that we cannot control – one of them being old age. When we are talking about preventing stroke though, we are talking about the “controllable risk” associated with stroke. There are several treatable diseases that may increase the risk of stroke, these include:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

We not only see an improvement in overall health when seeking medical treatment to address these issues, but also a reduction in the risk of stroke. Lifestyle factors makes up the other category of controllable risk for stroke. The different factors for stroke prevention are:

  • Do not smoke
  • Control your blood sugar level
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Be sure to eat a healthy diet
  • Control your cholesterol levels
  • Be active

A recent study published in the journal Stroke found that even minor improvements in any of these seven different factors would lead to a significant reduction in stroke risk. In other words, if we want to prevent stroke incidence, healthy exercise and dietary habits go far in doing so.

Better senior nutrition for stroke prevention

Senior nutrition is a great place to start if you are concerned with preventing stroke in your older loved ones. Dietary habits are able to reduce many of the different health risk factors associated with stroke. These are just a handful of heart-healthy tips for nutrition:

  • To keep your homocysteine levels in check, make sure to get enough folic acid, B6, and B12
  • Eat lean meats and low-fat dairy
  • Limit sodium intake to help lower blood pressure
  • Eat high-fiber foods, including beans, cereals, and whole grains
  • Eat foods low in saturated fat, trans fats, and cholesterol
  • Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and also be sure to include citrus fruits.

If you want more tips on how to stay healthy at an older age, make sure to check out our blog at www.carltonseniorliving.com.