How Women Can Reduce Stroke Risk

There are many lifestyle adjustments which may help provide stroke prevention in women. Please consider these tips for your elderly mother, sister, and any other females in your family.

— Choose healthy foods and drinks. Replace processed foods with fresh foods. Think fruits and vegetables. (Processed foods contain high levels of salt.) Be sure to include plenty of fiber in your diet. Foods with saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol contribute to high blood pressure.

— Watch your weight. If you are overweight, you have an increased risk of stroke. Ask your primary care physician what your ideal weight range is.

— Get up and exercise. Exercise is important for all age groups. Can you exercise 20-30 minutes per day? For older adults, simply staying active with walking may help to maintain mobility during senior years.

— Don’t smoke. Quitting smoking lowers your risk of stroke. If needed, discuss with your doctor for products and/or support groups to help you quit.

— Limit alcohol consumption. General recommendation is that women should have no more than one drink per day.

— Take your medications. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, your doctor will prescribe the right medications to lower your risk of stroke. Never stop taking your medicine without talking with your doctor first.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website:

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