Different lifestyles can increase the risk of stroke. Unhealthy eating habits, obesity, sedentary lifestyle are some of the important factors responsible for the stroke.
When the blood flow to any part of the brain is obstructed or reduced, the brain tissues are damaged, then stroke occurs. Different lifestyles can increase the risk of stroke. Unhealthy eating habits, obesity, sedentary lifestyle are some of the important factors responsible for the stroke.
However, controlling blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, reducing smoking and alcohol consumption, reducing fatigue, etc. can also reduce the risk of stroke. Exercise and a balanced diet every day can also be beneficial.
According to Dr. Praveen Gupta, Principal Director, Department of Neurology and Head of the Department of Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, stroke is the leading cause of death and disease in the world. Different lifestyles can increase the risk of stroke. He also expressed the view that eating habits cannot be left out in this case. Now there are some foods that we eat every day and they increase our risk of stroke. Here are 5 foods that should be avoided to reduce the risk of stroke.
1. Processed Foods – If you start and end your day with junk food, be careful now. Because you are increasing the risk of stroke. According to Dr. Praveen Gupta, processed foods such as crackers, chips, store-bought foods, and fried foods or junk foods contain a lot of trans fat. This increases the amount of LDL or bad cholesterol, which builds up in the arteries and causes blockages. It causes inflammation in the body. As the inflammation progresses, problems such as stroke and heart attack occur, he said.
2. Smoked and Processed Meat– Smoked and processed meats contain certain ingredients like sodium nitrite, which can damage the blood vessels and increase the risk of stroke. This results in oxidative stress, which destroys the blood vessel wall and injures the tissues. Hot dogs, bacon, salami are some such examples of smoked and processed meat. It is better to control its presence in your food list.
3. In the case of table salt, there is talk of packaged food and table salt. However, natural crude salt, such as Himalayan salt, is not associated with an increased risk of stroke. This salt can be used to enhance the taste of food. Salt raises blood pressure, which damages arteries, brain, and heart. Therefore, reducing the amount of salt taken below 5 grams per day can significantly reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
4. Diet Soft Drinks – According to Dr. Gupta, diet drinks attract many people. Many people think that soda can be drunk as it has the label of ‘Diet’. However, various studies have found a link between drinking diet soft drinks and stroke and vascular disease. A study of more than 2,500 people over a 9-year period found that those who drank diet soda daily had a 47 percent higher risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke or those who did not drink soda at all. So avoiding such foods can reduce the risk of stroke and lead a healthy life.
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