Want to prevent a stroke? Try magnesium
The best way to avoid the frightening potential consequences of a stroke is to take aggressive preventative measures, such as increasing your magnesium intake. A healthy lifestyle and good all around nutrition are of paramount importance in helping you to avoid a stroke. You should lead a more active life with daily exercise, eat less fatty and sugary food to keep your weight under control and find more time to relax. Also, it's a good idea to avoid too much alcohol and to avoid smoking.
Stroke mortality has been declining in recent years, reports the journal Stroke. This decline is good news in view of how devastating being hit with a stroke can be. In the United States stroke has fallen from the third to the fourth leading cause of death. This is representative of a significant improvement in the overall health of the population. We are seeing fewer lives lost to stroke as a reflection of the success of public health initiatives to lower stroke risk. There has been a lower incidence of stroke and lower case-fatality rates.
These dramatic improvements in stroke outcomes are associated with improvements in cardiovascular risk factor control interventions. It appears that improved efforts at hypertension control have had the most significant influence on the accelerated decline in stroke mortality. It also appears that improved diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia control and smoking cessation programs, particularly when these programs are in combination with the treatment of hypertension, have also had a significant impact on the decline in stroke mortality. Access to telemedicine which covers stroke care may also be having a positive impact on stroke mortality.
It is considered very significant from both a public health and clinical medicine perspective that stroke mortality has been declining.
In a news release on Dec. 5, 2013 the American Heart Association reports on the research findings that U.S. stroke deaths have been declining due to improved prevention and treatment. The significant decline in U.S. stroke deaths in recent decades has been due to better blood pressure control, improved stop-smoking programs and faster treatment. Daniel T. Lackland, Dr. P.H., has said, “The decline in stroke deaths is one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Dr. Lackland explains that this decline is for real, and is not simply a statistical error. This observation is also not a result of more people dying of lung disease, which is now the third leading cause of death.
It appears that sustained public health initiatives which have been aimed at lowering blood pressure and hypertension control, which began in the 1970s, have contributed greatly to this change. The prevention of strokes has also been due to the following:
1: Smoking cessation programs
2: Improved control of diabetes
3: Improved control of abnormal cholesterol levels
4: Better and faster treatment
Another interesting consideration in lowering stroke risk is that resveratrol in red wine may build brain resistance to stroke, as reported upon in an article by ThebloggingExpert reporter Deborah Mitchell.
Dr. Lakeland says these positive changes can not be attributed to any one or two specific actions or factors. Many different prevention and treatment strategies have had a positive impact. There is now evidence for policymakers that the money which has been spent on stroke research and programs directed at stroke prevention and treatment have been spent wisely and that lives have been saved.
The public has been seeing the dramatic benefits of lowering your blood pressure, stopping smoking, controlling your cholesterol and diabetes, and exercising and eating less salt. Better sleep may also be important in stroke prevention. Sleep deprivation is reported to increase stroke risk, writes ThebloggingExpert reporter Robin Wulffson, MD.