Australian study claims that vegetables of the cruciferous group which includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, turnips, sprouts, bok choi, and greens, can reduce the risk of stroke in elderly women.
For the study, a team of researchers from the University of Western Australia in Crawley, distributed food questionnaires to 954 women aged 70 and over. After that, they performed ultrasound tests to measure the thickness of their carotid arteries.
The lead author of the study Dr. Lauren Blekkenhorst says: “This is one of only a few studies that have explored the potential impact of different types of vegetables on measures of subclinical atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of cardiovascular disease. After adjusting for lifestyle, cardiovascular disease risk factors (including medication use) as well as other vegetable types and dietary factors, our results continued to show a protective association between cruciferous vegetables and carotid artery wall thickness.”
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, kills quietly as there are not any obvious signs. It can be quite difficult to see outer signs of high pressure building up in a person’s blood vessels. And extra stress on arteries normally leads to a heart attack, a stroke, or heart failure.
Here is what you can do to reduce the risk of high blood pressure:
- Spend more time with family and friends.
- Do aerobic exercises.
- Drink less alcohol.
- Reduce the size of your waistline.
- Cut intake of salt and add more fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce the level of stress and get enough sleep.
- Quit smoking.
A team of researchers from Rush claims that the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet may reduce the risk of cognitive decline after a stroke.
The MIND diet has been developed by Martha Clare Morris, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Section of Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The diet includes consumption of such foods as vegetables, nuts, beans, fish, poultry, whole grains, olive oil, and moderate consumption of wine.
Lead study Dr. Laurel J. Cherian, a vascular neurologist and assistant professor of neurological sciences at Rush University Medical Center, says: “This is a preliminary study that will hopefully be confirmed by other studies, including research looking specifically at stroke survivors. For now, I think there is enough information to encourage stroke patients to view food one of their most powerful tools to optimize their brain health.”
According to a new research, full-fat dairy products did not raise the possibility of death from any form of heart disease. The research was carried out by an international team of scientists from Reading University in the UK and Copenhagen University in Denmark.
The team analyzed twenty-nine studies and discovered that dairy products, including high-fat ones, do not increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Ian Givens, a professor of nutrition at Reading University, explains: “There’s quite a widespread but mistaken belief among the public that dairy foods, in general, can be bad for you, but that’s a misconception. While it is a wide belief, our research shows that that’s wrong.”
Heart disease and stroke are very dangerous conditions and now more young people are being affected according to the third National Health And Morbidity Survey.
Unhealthy diet, rich in saturated/trans-fat, lack of fibre, excessive salt intake combined with the lack of activity increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
1. Follow the guiding principles of balance, moderation and variety
Eat all foods from the various groups of the food pyramid in moderate portions and choose from a variety of food items within each food group.
2. Eat more fiber
Fibre helps improve blood cholesterol levels, stabilise blood glucose levels, maintain healthy weight and lower the risk of CVD risk factors.
3. Be physically active
Physical activity, especially aerobic exercises, helps to strengthen the heart muscles, reduce stress levels, improve metabolism and increase the level of HDL cholesterol.
4. Keep a healthy body weight
Maintaining a healthy weight or reducing extra weight can significantly reduce the risk of CVD and its risk factors.
5. Screen for risk factors regularly
Every year you should check for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose level.
6. Reduce stress and get enough rest
Stress is able to increase blood pressure. Try to have a eigh hours sleep and relax during the day.
7. Stop smoking if you do
Those who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day double their risk of heart attack compared to non-smokers.
Smokers who quit start to improve their heart health and reduce their risk for CVD immediately.
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