Senior Home Care in Delaware County – Recent Research Suggests Ten Preventable Stroke Risk Factors
One factor that may cause a need for senior home care in Delaware County, and the rest of the world, is the threat of stroke. A stroke is caused when a blood clog restricts the flow of blood to the brain, and even a single stroke can sometimes cause massive neurological damage. In many cases, strokes can drastically alter victims’ personalities and muscle control, or even render them incapable of supporting themselves.
However, a recent study published in The Lancet specifically took a look at modifiable factors which are common to strokes in over 26,000 patients, from thirty-two countries around the world. The study uncovered information that offers insight into how behaviors earlier in life can be modified to reduce the risk of stroke.
Ten Factors Indicating Stroke Risk in Yourself or Loved Ones
The following factors were found to have a strong link to strokes in 90 percent of those studied. Many of these are common-sense, or had been previously talked about as contributing to strokes, but the evidence behind their link to strokes is now much stronger.
High Blood Pressure (140/90 or higher)
High blood pressure was by far the strongest indicator of stroke risk. Now, more than ever, watching and managing your blood pressure and that of your loved ones is critical.
Low Physical Activity
Unsurprisingly, those who were more physically active were less likely to develop the cardiovascular problems that contribute to strokes.
High Apolipoprotein Levels
The presence of high apolipoprotein levels can indicate high cholesterol. Fatty diets lead to more fat in the bloodstream, contributing to clogged arteries.
In general, those who followed healthy dietary guidelines, consuming a diet of nutrient-dense foods including all food groups (without excessive sugar, saturated fats or sodium) had lower chances of stroke.
High Waist-To-Hip Ratio
This factor relates to diet and overall obesity levels. By maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle, several risk can be reduced.
Environmental stresses are a major contributor to strokes as well. By finding healthy ways to deal with stress, this factor’s effect can be reduced.
Current smokers are far more at-risk for strokes. Many programs exist to help those interested quit smoking.
Heart disease often predicts stroke risk and this factor correlates heavily with both dietary and exercise issues. Monitoring known heart issues is also encouraged.
High Alcohol Consumption
Most studies show that low-to-moderate alcohol use is acceptable, or even potentially beneficial. Chronic or heavy drinking, however, contributes to stroke risk.
Diabetes (Types 1 & 2)
Significant correlation was found between patients with diabetes and patients at higher risk of stroke. Diabetes may be unavoidable by some, but proper diet and exercise reduces the risk.
If you are worried about stroke for yourself or your loved ones, consider your lifestyles and make changes now to reduce the risk of strokes later on. Many seniors feel unable or unwilling to cook healthy meals for themselves or get proper exercise. In Delaware County, senior home care provider Neighborly Home Care offers in home assistance for seniors. Our trained professionals can help with medication management (reminders), transportation, meal preparation or full time care as needed. Contact Neighborly Home Care today at 610-658-5822 for care solutions and options.