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Stroke Prevention Tips
Jay S. Luxenberg, MD and Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
Data from: Nutrition Action Health Letter by Bonnie Lieberman, Center For Science in the Public Interest Vol 34, No.2 p.1-8
- 1. Diet - fruits and vegetables are often rich in potassium along with a healthy diet, as well as potassium supplementation if needed.
2. Eating fish two or three times a week provides omega-3 fatty acids that may help lower stroke and heart attack rates. Those eating salmon, tuna (baked or broiled) or herring four times a week were seen to have a 27% lower risk of stroke than those who ate it once a month. Those eating fried fish or fish burgers more than once a week had a 40% higher risk of stroke.
3. Exercise thirty minutes a day (moderate to vigorous) - by accumulating several activities including housework, walking stairs, or taking brisk walks. Exercise lowers blood pressure, reduces blood clots, and can cut the stroke rate in half.
4. Those who are overweight or obese have at least a 30 - 50% higher risk for stroke respectively compared to normal weight. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and also treats diabetes actively.
5. Talk to your doctor to see if daily aspirin would be helpful for you.
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