Some of the people who were lucky enough to experience the symptoms of a stroke and live to tell about it say they had no prior warning, It seemed that in an instant, something went seriously wrong. Even though the attack seemed to happen in an instant, the cause of that devastating event had been building up for years. When blood, and the oxygen and nutrients in the blood, are blocked from reaching the brain, a stroke occurs. The blockage is usually caused by a blood clot blocking an artery in or leading to the brain. A stroke can also happen if an artery bursts, resulting in a loss of blood.
If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, you have an increased risk of having a stroke. You can reduce your risk significantly by simply choosing healthy foods. You are what you eat.
If you are serious about lowering your blood pressure and you are overweight, start by losing those extra pounds. Being overweight raises your risk of having a stroke by 75%. Being obese raises your risk of having a stroke by 100%. Researchers found that overweight women were more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol than normal weight women.
Researchers also found that eating two to three servings of fruits and vegetables a day reduced your potential for having a stroke by 23%. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber content which is instrumental in the lowering of cholesterol. Because of this reduction in cholesterol, (total and LDL), artery walls have less plaque, which restricts and sometimes totally blocks, blood flow to the brain. Eat those organic fruits and vegetables, especially garlic, carrots, onions, broccoli, oranges, red grapes, and leafy greens.
If you are lucky enough to live through such a devastating event, there is still the potential for partial or total paralysis or partial or total speech impediment. Your quality of life will be reduced to barely existing, totally dependent on others for the rest of your life. Not a high quality of life.
A High Quality Of Life Is More Important Than Life Itself