First-time stroke risk reduced by healthy diet

29 October 2014

Maintaining a diet that is high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts could help to reduce the risk of first-time stroke, according to new reports. 

Updated AHA/ASA guidelines, published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke, a Mediterranean-style diet along with keeping blood pressure low and regular physical activity can all help to cut the chances of suffering a stroke.

"We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors that can be changed or controlled - especially high blood pressure - account for 90 per cent of strokes," said Dr James Meschia, professor and chairman of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Both Mediterranean and DASH-style diets are recommended because they have a high emphasis on vegetables, whole grains, fish, seeds and legumes. They also limit saturated fat intake, red meat and animal-based products - such as dairy products.

Other recommendations include managing weight and regular physical activity to avoid high blood pressure, visit a doctor on a regular basis for check ups, stopping smoking and monitoring blood pressure at home.

Posted by Philip Briggs​

 

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