‘Don’t eat too much of one food’: The surprising risk factor for having a stroke

Strokes are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the UK. Every year there are about 100,000 strokes and of these, about a third are fatal according to NICE. Strokes are caused by a blood clot cutting off the flow of blood, and therefore oxygen, to the brain. If not treated quickly, a stroke can be fatal. but there are ways to avoid this.

This includes not eating “too much of one food”.

This is according to the NHS, which writes in its advice on how to prevent a stroke: “It is important to ensure a balance in your diet. Don’t eat too much of any one food, especially foods high in salt and processed foods.

However, that’s not their only advice on shots. They also write about diet: “A poor diet can increase your chances of having a stroke because it can cause your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to rise.

“A low-fat, high-fiber diet is generally recommended, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (five a day) and whole grains.”

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As well as eating a balanced diet of fruit and vegetables, the NHS also recommends exercising regularly.

The health service normally advises a minimum of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week; examples of this include jogging and cycling.

However, it differs if someone has had a stroke before. They write: “If you are recovering from a stroke, you should discuss possible exercise plans with members of your rehabilitation team.

“Regular exercise may not be possible in the first weeks or months after a stroke, but you should be able to start exercising once your rehabilitation has progressed.”


Another advised act to reduce your risk of stroke is to stop doing a certain act, in this case, smoking.

In addition to being a major risk factor for cancer, smoking can increase your risk of stroke because it narrows the arteries, making it more likely for a clot to form.

The NHS added: “You can reduce your risk of stroke by quitting smoking. Not smoking will also improve your overall health and reduce your risk of developing other serious illnesses, such as lung cancer and heart disease.

“The National Non-Smoking Helpline can offer advice and encouragement to help you quit smoking.”

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What else can I do to reduce my risk?

You can also reduce your alcohol consumption, another common aspect of life that can increase the risk of stroke.

As to why alcohol increases your risk, the NHS says: “Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure and trigger an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation), which can increase your risk of having a stroke. cerebral.

“Because alcoholic beverages are high in calories, they also cause weight gain. Heavy alcohol consumption more than triples the risk of stroke.

And if you are recovering from a stroke, the NHS says: “You may find that you have become particularly sensitive to alcohol and even the recommended safe limits may be too high for you.”

Additionally, what is critical to stroke prevention and stroke recovery is the management of underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, atrial fibrillation (heart palpitations ) and transient ischemic attacks (TIA).

TIAs are also known as “mini-strokes” and are caused by a temporary interruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.

The symptoms of TIAs are the same as those of a stroke (see infographic above), however, other symptoms may occur during a TIA.

These include:
• Complete paralysis on one side of the body
• Sudden loss of vision
• Blurred vision
• Double vision
• Vertigo
• Be sick
• Dizziness
• Confusion
• Difficulty understanding what others are saying
• Balance and coordination problems
• Difficulty swallowing.

Although potential symptoms of TIAs, these could be caused by other conditions.

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