Stroke is a condition that is generally associated with old age. So how frightening is it to discover that, as a result of a bad lifestyle, a startling 31 pc of stroke cases are among people aged 20-64 years of age?
The higher chance of stroke in younger age groups is believed to be a result of higher instances of obesity and diabetes in young people than ever before.
Recreational drugs and alcohol abuse are also factors.
A healthy lifestyle can directly reduce your risk of stroke, as well as a range of other diseases. But leading a healthy lifestyle should not be equated with having a lot of money.
There are simple everyday habits to stay healthy that won’t tax even a student.
It only takes ten days to make or break a habit, so you should be on the road to ‘healthy’ in no time.
This small habit isn't be too tough to take up. Make sure you get enough sleep every night and you will not only reduce your risk of stroke, but also improve your immune system. For some, eight hours is necessary. Others can survive on five or six. If you’re lacking energy during the day or finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you should reassess your sleeping habits and resist reaching for the high-sugar pick-me-up instead.
Use this as your excuse and opportunity to quit smoking. There is a multitude of websites, online forums, alternative habits and e-cigarette inventions to help you along the way.
3. Create alternatives
Create healthy alternatives for your daily diet. Replace your coffee and muffin in the morning with a bowl of porridge, swap your dessert with a fruit salad.
4. Walk it
Look at your daily exercise regime. You don’t need to run a marathon to benefit your heart. Studies show that minimal exercise, as little as ten minutes a day, can do great things.
Look at your day and see where you can replace sitting in the car or on a bus with a quick walk instead.
5. Change your eating habits
A lot of the time we eat simply because we are bored. Other times, we reach for food when we are in fact thirsty.
Ask yourself are you actually hungry and how hungry you are before you eat. There is always the opportunity to lessen your portion too. Small changes like this to your eating habits can lead to big results.
6. Limit your alcohol intake
Not only is this good for your health and severely reduces your risk of stroke and other diseases, but it’s good for your back pocket too.
7. Check up
Keep on top of your health and your everyday habits. Know when a habit needs to be changed.
This doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to the doctor, it just means knowing your weight, your alcohol and calorie intake, your sleep patterns and keeping on top of it all.