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Elderly care information : strokes

February, 2013

Every year over 150,000 people suffer a stroke in the UK and sadly it is the third largest cause of death. The brain damage caused by strokes means that they are also the largest cause of adult disability in the UK. People over 65 years of age are most at risk from having strokes so if you are providing care for elderly people looking at ways to prevent strokes is highly advised. Elderly care information is important to us so here is a list of the top 5 ways to reduce the risk of stroke by 90%:

 

1) Control your blood pressure – there are medications on the market but lifestyle change is a necessary component of keeping blood pressure down.

 

2) Stop smoking – Smoking not only increases risk of stroke, it is estimated to subtract 10 years from one’s lifespan. Speak to a local GP about trying advice on cutting down or even quitting!

 

3) Lose weight, especially around your abdomen & Improve diet – By slowing down and being more mindful about their food, they may also find themselves enjoying it much more. Losing weight will not only help in the battle against strokes but also heart disease. By improving your loved ones diet you will also be reducing the risk of strokes and heart disease. In a nutshell, eat more vegetables, less transfats and fewer trips through drive-thrus!

 

4) Ratio of blood fats known as apolipoprotein B (apo B) to apolipoprotein AI (apo AI) – The idea here is to improve your HDL (good cholesterol) to LDL (bad cholesterol) ratio – more HDL and less LDL is the idea. The goal is to have your HDL/LDL ratio above 0.3, with the ideal being above 0.4. Of course, there are medications, such as statins, that can help you do this, but there are some lifestyle things to be done, as well (even fun ones, such as eat more dark chocolate or fish).

 
5) Avoid stress – there is also significant evidence that stress impacts the frequency of negative health events, like stroke. Doing things like taking medications, exercising and making sure that we eat healthy things will help.

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