It’s National Stroke Awareness Month. According to CDC, anyone can have a stroke at any age -- but certain factors can increase your chances of having a stroke. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from a stroke is to understand your risk and how to control it. These steps can help you lower your chances of having a stroke.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Choosing healthy meal and snack options can help you prevent stroke. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Watch Your Weight
Being overweight or obese increases your risk for stroke. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate your body mass index (BMI).
Physical activity helps you stay at a healthy weight, lowers cholesterol, and blood pressure. For adults, the surgeon general recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity – such as a brisk walk, each week.
Cigarette smoking increases your chances of having a stroke. If you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk for stroke.
Your doctor should test your cholesterol during your annual physical. Talk with your doctor about this routine blood test.
Manage High Blood Pressure
Have your blood pressure checked regularly. Talk to your doctor about how often you should check your blood pressure, which can be done at home, at your doctor’s office, or at a pharmacy.
Get tested so you can manage your blood sugar. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar levels regularly.