This short article from Shape Magazine gives four easy ways to lower your risk of stroke- these are so easy, there’s no reason to delay adding them to your everyday!
Slash Your Stroke Risk
Think you’re too young to worry? A recent analysis shows that stroke hospitalizations for women ages 15-44 are up by 26 percent. Keep “brain attacks” at bay by making these easy diet changes.
- Perk Up Your Morning- In a new study published in the journal Stroke, women who drank at least one cup of coffee a day had up to 25 percent lower risk of stroke than those who drank less or none at all. “The benefits appear to be due to coffee’s rich brew of antioxidants,” says Sarah Samaan, M.D., a cardiologist in Plano, Texas, and the author of The Smart Woman’s Guide to Heart Health.
- 2. Get Fishy- Eating three servings of seafood a week can lower your chances of having a stroke by 16 percent, found Swedish researchers. The healthiest catches are salmon, mackerel, and tuna; they’re rich in omega-3s, which may lower blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke.
- Down More D- A lack of this vitamin has been linked to stiffer arteries. Pop a supplement that has at least 1,000 international units a day with your largest meal- recent research from the Cleveland Clinic shows you’ll boost absorption by more than 50 percent.
- Nix TV Dinners- In fact, cut back on screen time altogether: University College of London researchers found that people who spent four of more hours a day watching TV were 125 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those who spent only two. Prolonged sitting negatively impacts triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure- and fatty or salty snacks only make things worse.