Some useful info for you, if avoiding a stroke is high on your priority list....

Studies across 32 countries all over the world,  Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the in Middle East, show that consistently there are 10 risk factors associated with Stroke.  These 10 factors have been found to be the cause in 90.7% of all strokes in the studies.  Some of the  factors vary in ranking from region to region but there was no change in the number one and two factors regardless of location: 

1) Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

Followed by

2) Physical Inactivity.  

 

Other big factors included

- poor diet

- obesity

- smoking

With factors such as

- alcohol consumption

- stress and

- Diabetes playing a much lower but significant role. 

 

These are all conditions which result from our behaviors,(including how well you manage your  Diabetes). Meaning you have the power to make daily decisions to make a change for the better. Your current risk of a Stoke is not set in stone. You can play a significant role in the prevention of a stroke yourself and for your loved ones.

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Simply by being more active in your day can significantly and positively affect you blood pressure.

Adding 3 x 10 minutes of light activity performed often during the week, can reduce blood pressure in sedentary people.  Adding these small challenges can be both fun and add to quality of life. You do not not need to from zero to high intensity exercise  to reap rewards. In fact, that isnt recommended.  Simply by going from inactivity to light or moderate activity  is enough of a stimulus on your body for it to respond on a positive way. 

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So where do I go from here?  

The best start is to step back and take a good look at your lifestyle and see how you would rate your self for each factor.  The ones mentioned up top carry far more weight than those lower down so if you find that you have room for improvement, start making some changes there first.  This will bring about the biggest benefit for your efforts and sacrifices.   

Chat with your physician about ways to tackle your high blood pressure.  In  most cases exercise will help but sometimes medicine may be required initially to regulate it while you make some healthy lifestyle changes.  

It is important that you enjoy the journey and that the changes are sustainable.  This is not a short stop solution.  It is a way of life. Make it your own. 

Chat with a fitness professional and get some tips and advice that will fit with your own reality and be appropriate for where you are starting. 

Check out the link below for a more detailed glimpse of the study.

http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30506-2/fulltext

 

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