As your loved ones age, the likelihood of developing a stroke increases as part of a natural process of aging. While they can strike with little to no warning, a significant 80% of all strokes are considered to be preventable. Here are some easy steps for your aging loved one to reduce the risk of stroke.
Follow an Exercise Plan and a Healthy Diet
Aging adults need to exercise and stay active regularly, since reducing excessive body fat can help to lower the occurrence of the disease. A healthy eating habit can also aid in lowering the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. Your loved ones should ideally be consuming foods like fruits, lean meats, and vegetables. In contrast, be mindful to avoid eating foods that are high in cholesterol such as ice cream, cheese, and hamburgers. You can help your loved ones keep a healthy weight by encouraging them to follow low-calorie diets and go for routine walks along the local park or the hiking trails.
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Identify Risk Factors
You should discuss with your loved ones’ doctors to diagnose and address any of the medical risk factors. These conditions can include circulation problems, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, carotid artery disease, and even atrial defibrillation. With greater awareness of the appropriate risk factors of the different types of conditions, your loved ones may be less averse to making the required lifestyle or habitual change to reduce the chance of getting a stroke in the future.
Assess Lifestyle Habits and Issues
Older adults should quit smoking and cut down their intake of alcohol. The consolidation of the two issues can result in an increased risk of a stroke since alcohol and nicotine will thicken blood as well as restrict blood flow in the blood vessels. Habitual smoking also increases the level of plaque within the body which is proven by research to increase the risk of stroke by two times than a normal person. Do help to encourage your loved ones to curb their bad habits and urges for drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes by preparing nutritious snacks. Also encourage them to engage in more activities like gardening, walking, yoga, crafting, and painting to enhance overall well-being and health.
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