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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR A STROKE




 

 

People with diabetes have a two to five times greater risk of having a stroke, and have diabetes also puts you at higher risk of dying from a stroke — especially for women and those who have had diabetes for a long time. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can take steps to reduce your likelihood of heart disease and stroke, by knowing and controlling your ABCs — A1c, blood pressure and cholesterol.

HEALTHY STEPS

A few other steps that can be taken towards having a health heart include:

• Sticking with a health eating plan and including more fiber-rich foods to reduce glucose and blood pressure.

• Exercising regularly to improve cardiovascular fitness.

• Quitting smoking and avoiding drug use.

• Using alcohol in moderation.

• Taking medications, when necessary, to help reduce blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

• Knowing the signs of stroke and acting immediately if a stroke is suspected.

Warning signs of stroke

According to the American Stroke Association, you should seek emergency treatment if you suddenly experience:

• Weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

• Confusion or problems with talking.

• Vision loss affecting one or both eyes

• Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination or trouble walking.

• Severe headache.


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