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Stroke is no longer restricted to only aged persons. Young people are now stroke sufferers because of the stress or pressure of coping with everyday life challenges, so don’t think this post doe snot affect you. Whatever your age, here are ways to make sure that your stressful life does not impart negatively on your health:

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Walk for 35 minutes each day

Exercise is extremely important in order to prevent a stroke. Exercise works your heart, burns calories, and keeps your body in good physical shape-all of which are needed to live a long, healthy life. It might seem like you have no time to fit in a walk each morning, but try waking up earlier to get some exercise in before work.

Add a fruit and vegetable to every meal

A healthy diet also plays a major role in stroke risk, but if you’ve never eaten much healthy food before, it’s not easy to completely change your ways. Start by adding either a fruit or vegetable to every meal. It’s easy to incorporate fruits and veggies to help wean off of the unhealthy foods you’ve been eating and switch to a permanently healthier diet.

Quit fast food

Once you’ve gotten into the routine of adding fruits and veggies to your diet, it’s time to get the other parts of your eating habits under control. If you typically go out to eat several times per week or stop at your local fast food spot when you’re in a hurry, don’t. Stick to going out only once per week. If you think you’ll have a busy work day tomorrow and won’t be able to grab lunch or dinner, make the meals ahead of time. They’ll be healthier, and all you’ll need to do is heat them up.

Stick to one drink per day

It’s okay to enjoy one drink per day. But the important thing is to stick to just one. If you don’t typically drink during the week but like to have a few drinks on a Friday or Saturday night, that’s fine, too. Watching your alcohol intake improves your overall health, and drinking a glass of red wine each night is good for your heart.

Reduce your daily stress

There’s no question that life is stressful. But stress can negatively impact heart health, so it’s important to keep those stress levels regularly low. Yes, you will find yourself in stressful situations every now and then, and you might not be able to control them. But day to day, you should be able to keep stress at a very manageable level. Take 10 minutes every morning to relax and meditate. It will help you take on your day with an open mind. If your stress levels are through the roof, consider talking with a therapist to help get them under control.

Treat diabetes

Having high blood sugar damages blood vessels over time, making clots more likely to form inside them. So, keep your blood sugar under control by monitoring your blood sugar as directed by your doctor and use diet, exercise.

By Damilola Faustino

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