What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of a Stroke?

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February is American Heart Month so this is the most appropriate time to learn how you can reduce your risk of a stroke.

  • If you are currently smoking then you must quit smoking right now!
  • Next you must avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible.
  • Make sure you recognize and treat high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Start becoming physically active.
  • Eat a healthy diet.  (See this in the below segment).
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  • Avoid illegal drugs.
  • Have regular medical checkups.

Since we are talk about eating a healthy diet then how can I change my eating habits?

1.  Eat healthy low-fat foods choices:

  • Whole grains, breads, pasta and cereals made with whole grains.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable juice.
  • Lean meat, skinless poultry and fish.
  • Low-fat or fat-free milk products.
  • Use a minimum amount of fat and oils, usually no more than 5-8 teaspoons per day.
  • Limit your consumption of meat, seafood or poultry to no more than 6 ounces per day.

2.  Limit your intake of organ meats and other foods high in  cholesterol.

3.  Use less salt.  Limit your intake of salty foods.

4.  Drink plenty of water – at least eight 8-oz glasses a day

5.  Serve yourself and your family small portions, and learn to eat slowly.

If you want to have a specialized lifestyle plan then you can contact HEPSA Living Healthy but clicking here.  Remember to live healthy and take care of your heart!

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