Prevention Of Stroke through healthy lifestyle, Health News, ET HealthWorld

By Dr. Pavan Pai

Stroke cases are rampantly rising all over the country, and it is a debilitating condition. Did you know? A stroke can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle practices. Yes, you will have to opt for a well-balanced diet, exercise daily, avoid smoking and alcohol. Read on to know more about this, and we are sure you will follow all the guidelines suggested by the expert.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and bleeds, hampering the blood supply to the brain. There is a huge burden of stroke, and it causes the highest morbidity and mortality rates in the patients. A stroke can lead to disability for a lifetime. Nowadays, many youngsters are also getting diagnosed with this fatal condition, and thei r quality of life gets affected. There are many patients who suffer in silence and tend to succumb to this condition owing to the lack of awareness. Are you aware? Your lifestyle plays an important role when it comes to stroke. Certain lifestyle factors like smoking, heavy drinking, diabetes, obesity, illicit drug use, binge drinking, and family history can double on chances of stroke. Remember, it is the need of the hour to embrace a healthy lifestyle, and keep a stroke at bay.

Here, we tell you what measures you can take to prevent a stroke

1. A well-balanced diet: An unhealthy diet can invite a stroke as it can increase the incidences of blood pressure and cholesterol levels that can further lead to a stroke. Thus, you will have to stick to a low-fat, high-fiber diet inclusive of fresh fruit, whole grains, and vegetables on a daily basis. You will have to give up on junk, spicy, oily, and canned food. See to it that you don’t eat sugary

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World Stroke Day: A stroke typically occurs when blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or reduced which may damage the brain tissues. There are many lifestyle factors that could increase your risk of stroke from unhealthy food habits, obesity, to lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle.

It is possible to reduce the risk of a stroke by managing certain health conditions like blood pressure, cardiac diseases, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, refraining from tobacco, staying away from alcohol and reducing stress. Regular exercise and balanced diet could also help.

“Stroke is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. Various lifestyle habits can increase the risk of stroke. Food habits are not far behind so let’s look at food stuff that we may eat routinely that increases our risk of stroke,” says Dr Praveen Gupta, Principal Director & Head, Department of Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram. 

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Here are five foods you should avoid to prevent risk of stroke:

1. Processed foods

If you begin and end your day with junk food and look for excuses to indulge in trans-fat laden food, you should be very careful as you are increasing your risk of getting a stroke. “Processed foods or junk foods, such as crackers, chips, store-bought goods and fried foods, typically contain a lot of trans fat, which generates bad cholesterol called LDL which deposits in the wall of arteries leading to blockage. It also leads to inflammation in the body. It is this increase in the inflammation of the body that is a foundation of many diseases like stroke and heart attacks,” says Dr Gupta.

2. Smoked and processed meats

There are certain preservatives in smoked and processed meats like sodium nitrite that can damage

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