While our title, “5 Ways To A Healthier You In 2022 – Stroke Prevention!” is focused on this year, we must make note that In December 2021, the beloved American icon, Betty White passed away of a stroke at 99 years old. We feel the time to increase awareness of strokes and ways to prevent them is now! In recent years, younger adults are also experiencing strokes. Because up to 80% of strokes are preventable, you can practice the actions below to help reduce your risk.
- Nourish your body with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish, legumes, and nuts. Limit salt, sweets, and red meat.
- Increase physical activity. Engage in moderately-intense aerobic activity for 10 minutes 4 times per week, or vigorous aerobic activity for 20 minutes twice per week. Find a partner to exercise with you – you and your partner will both benefit.
- Begin a smoking cessation program if you smoke, and limit alcohol consumption. Tobacco and alcohol use significantly increases the risk of stroke.
- Take prescribed medications as directed to manage health conditions that may contribute to stroke risks, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
- Keep an open line of communication with your healthcare provider, and collaborate on managing health by asking questions, exploring options, and sharing decision-making about other conditions that may increase stroke risks, such as sleep apnea or birth control use.
An occupational therapist can help you develop skills to better manage your health and to implement lifestyle changes. If you would like guidance and support to incorporate these actions into your daily routine, take a look at our services or give us a call at (314) 286-1669 #1.