Every October 29 is the "Stroke Day" designated by the World Stroke Organization (WSO). In Korea, stroke is the most fatal disease next to cancer. With 4 out of 10 patients at the age of 50 or less, stroke is common among the young people as well. Stroke is a disease that needs strict lifestyle management in our daily lives. Here are some of the ways that can help prevent the sudden attack of stroke. I know these might sound very strict, but remember that this is about your one and only life.
smokers in general have higher (double to triple) chances of getting stroke compared to non-smokers. Quitting smoking reduces the number of people suffering from stroke (about 25percent). If one stops smoking for a year, he or she can reduce the risk of stroke occurrence to about 50 percent.
if you cannot control yourself to drink less than 2 glasses of alcohol a day, then you should consider quitting drinking. Regardless of the kind or brand, drinking about 7 glasses of alcohol per day increases the risk of stroke occurrence three times higher. Aside from arrhythmia and myocardial contractile malfunction, heavy drinking can also damage the blood vessels in the brain, which results into cerebral hemorrhage (stroke) or infarction .
regular exercising not only reduces blood pressure, but it is helpful for preventing obesity and relieving stress. Active physical activity enables faster blood circulation and increases the elasticity of blood vessels. When we say "regular," it means exercising at least 3 times a week for more than 30 minutes a day. Cardio exercises such as walking, swimming and aerobics are highly recommended.
Have a bland diet (eat less salty):
Consuming too much salt increases the blood pressure. To prevent stroke, one should have a bland diet. (I know this can be hard for people who always put extra dressing or spices on their meals!) Also, meat-lovers should watch out their cholesterol level. Instead of consuming too much meat, take more fruit, vegetable and fish to reduce the risk of stroke.
Relieve stress from time to time:
Listed advice can be simple yet requires a lot of efforts. You have to change the daily routine to stay healthy and avoid stroke. However, it is not impossible to change habits. Are you working every day that you don't have time for exercising? Do you think spending time to relieve stress is a luxury for you? As a workingwoman, I had 8 hours of sleep last night, had salad for lunch and walked 30 minutes on my way home. (I tried to follow the checklist) Also, I didn't for get to drink 8 glasses of Antioxidant Alkaline Water! This is because I knew the secret that drinking healthy water is the best way to reduce weight (It elevates blood circulation and prevents constipation)!
Paying attention to my lifestyles, eating and drinking healthy, and regularly visiting doctor for a check-up can prevent you from the risk of getting stroke.
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