Stroke is caused by a poor blood supply to the brain resulting in cell death. Common signs and symptoms may include an inability to move or feel one side of the body, problems understanding or speaking, dizziness, headache and visual problems. Foods containing higher levels of low density or ‘bad’ cholesterol, in particular, can result in fatty deposits in the arteries forming plaques, which can be directly linked to stroke.
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“Prevention is of course better than cure, and lifestyle factors such as ensuring a healthy diet and having regular exercise are crucial in reducing your risk. “Check food labels for hydrogenated or artificial fats.
Include wholemeal bran, nuts and seeds in your diet as they are packed with fibre, and have been proven to lessen the risk of stroke by reducing high cholesterol levels. You should aim for around 30g of fibre as part of your everyday balanced diet. Switch to healthier cooking methods such as steaming or grilling rather than frying. If you do need to use the frying pan, try to stick to a healthier cooking oil such as olive or groundnut oil.”