Top 5 Stroke Risk Factors You Shouldn't Ignore

Top 5 Stroke Risk Factors You Shouldn’t Ignore

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one leading cause of longterm disability.

And while it’s affected millions of lives, stroke doesn’t have to affect yours. Protecting your brain health begins with learning more about your personal risk. Keep reading to hear more about the top 5 stroke risk factors you shouldn’t ignore.

Smoking. It’s no surprise that the rate of stroke in smokers in double that of non-smokers. In addition, smoking also contributes to a whole host of other diseases, like multiple cancers and heart disease. Remember, it’s never too late to start improving your health. Click here for resources on quitting and to find support systems.

Obesity. Being significantly overweight or obese means you’re at an increased risk for multiple diseases, stroke being one of them. But obesity is completely curable when changes, like an established fitness routine and conscientious diet, are made under the direction of your physician.

Exercise. Spending just 30 minutes every day doing something active doesn’t just decrease your risk of stroke, it promotes your overall mental and physical health.

Diabetes. Having diabetes, whether it’s type 1 or type 2, increases your chances of stroke. Fortunately, diabetes is completely treatable, and in some cases, curable. Discuss how diabetes impacts your stroke risk with your physician.

Age. The majority of strokes occur in individuals aged 65 or older. Every decade after 55, your risk doubles, which is why it’s important to see your physician every year for a routine physical and to assess your risk.

The best way to reduce your chances of stroke are to get educated about your personal risk. Stroke rates have decreased significantly over the past decade in part to increased awareness and better monitoring of high blood pressure. Start working towards a healthier you today and discuss your personal risk with a doctor.

Want to learn more about stroke risk? Check out this link. 

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