Stroke is caused by cerebrovascular blockage, leading to lost nerve functions locally. It is a common disease at the elder which can threaten their life seriously, bring the pain to the patient as well as the burden for their family and society. Therefore, the elder should have a healthy and optimistic lifestyle to prevent the disease before it become too serious. Here are ways to help repel away this potential hazard.
- No smoking
Smoking is a significant risk factor of stroke. The carbon monoxide and nicotine in cigarette smoke can damage the cardiovascular system by destroying and narrowing of blood vessels as well as making blood clots. If you smoke, you should give it up immediately.
- Regular exercise
Obesity is also a leading cause of stroke, to lose weight, your body needs to burn more calories than the amount loaded. You can practice some types of physical activity like dancing, walking, swimming or biking. Do physical activity moderately for at least 30 minutes each day will help you have a healthy body.
- Drink plenty of water
Researchers have said that people who drink more than 6 cups of water each day are at risk of dying from stroke less than those who drink less. In fact, drinking enough water will help blood flow smoothly, avoiding vascular congestion.
- Have a scientific diet
As we know, absorbing less saturated fat will reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Therefore, you should eat at least 4 servings of vegetables and fruits each day; switch to the low-calorie snack and fat; use olive oil instead of animal fat for cooking and eat more lean meats as well as steamed foods. Having a scientific diet will help you improve your health significantly.
- Control your blood pressure
High blood pressure is the leading risk factor of stroke. If you get high blood pressure, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations on the adjustment of lifestyle and medication by improving the diet and enhancing physical activity. On the other hand, you should also maintain the medication regime of your doctor to have a healthy body.
- Limit alcohol
Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood cholesterol levels. In addition, it also increases blood pressure and contributes more calories in the diet. Do not drink more than two small glasses of wine each day for men, and 1 small glass for women.