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Reduce Your Stroke Risk

How to lower your risk of having a stroke

Over 100,000 people in the UK alone suffer strokes each year – a life-altering event that can impact mobility, speech, and overall well-being. While some risk factors are beyond our control, the good news is that many lifestyle changes can significantly reduce your chances of experiencing one. By taking proactive steps, you can empower yourself to live a healthier, stroke-free life.

Fuel Your Body Wisely:

Diet plays a crucial role in managing several stroke risk factors. Embrace a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources. Check out our dedicated blog on Healthy Foods for the Heart for delicious foods and practical tips. Remember to:

  • Limit saturated and trans fats: Opt for olive oil, nuts, and avocados instead of butter and processed foods.
  • Reduce sodium intake: Choose naturally low-sodium options and cook without adding extra salt.
  • Control your sugar intake: Minimize sugary drinks and processed snacks, opting for whole fruits for sweetness.

Quit Smoking

Smoking significantly increases your risk of stroke. Although we know it is easier said than done, quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, reducing your stroke risk by as much as 50%. Seek support from smoking cessation programs or with a General & Medical policy you get access to a 24/7 GP Advice Line where you can talk to a doctor straight away, for personalised guidance.

Alcohol Consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption can elevate blood pressure and increase your risk of stroke. Limiting your alcohol intake is key. You can also consider alcohol-free alternatives or abstaining altogether for an even greater impact.

Stay Active

Regular physical activity strengthens your heart, lowers blood pressure, and aids in weight management, all crucial factors in stroke prevention. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Brisk walking, swimming, cycling, or dancing are excellent options. Even small changes, like taking the stairs or parking farther away, contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

Remember, every step towards a healthier lifestyle counts. By incorporating these changes into your routine, you can significantly reduce your risk of stroke and embrace a vibrant, empowered future.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare professional for guidance on managing your stroke risk.

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