A stroke, according to Mayo Clinic, is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is reduced or interrupted, either by blockage or leakage of arteries or blood vessels, preventing the brain from receiving enough oxygen and nutrients, resulting in brain damage and eventually death in many cases, especially when its early signs and symptoms are not attended to at an early stage.
Our arteries naturally shrink and harden as we age, making them more susceptible to become blocked with fatty materials, according to the Stroke Association. As a result, one of the most important risk factors for stroke is age.
Our heart, vascular system, and blood vessels gradually change as we become older. As a result of the loss of elastic tissues in the arteries, which causes them to stiffen and become less compliant, our blood pressure rises, as does our chance of stroke. Poor dietary choices, particularly those heavy in cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats, have been related to stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a result, throughout your 40s and beyond, you should limit or avoid the following meals to avoid high blood pressure and brain damage that could lead to a stroke.
1. Meats that have been smoked or processed
Consumption of processed meats and smoked meats on a regular basis has been shown to increase the risk of stroke.
This is owing to their high salt content and preservatives, which can raise blood pressure and cause arteries to narrow and stiffen, resulting in a stroke. Barbecue, sausage, hot dogs, smoked turkey, and smoked fish are all examples of smoked and processed meats.
2. Baked dishes
Baked goods, such as cakes, pies, crackers, doughnuts, egg rolls, microwaved popcorn, and cookies, typically include a high number of additives that might raise blood pressure and lead to a stroke.
3. Meats that are red
Several studies have found that red meats like pig, beef, and sausage cause stroke by slowly blocking arteries with plaque development. This is because they contain a lot of saturated fat and iron, which raises the risk of stroke.
According to Everyday Health, eating red meat regularly in old age is linked to high blood pressure and cholesterol, both of which can lead to a stroke.
4. Diet soft drink
Although diet soda is commonly used to lose weight, a Columbia University study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in 2011 indicated that adults in their 40s and above who consume diet soda on a daily basis are at an increased risk of stroke.
To lower the risk of stroke, sugary drinks, energy drinks, and diet soda should be limited or avoided.
Recent research from Taiwan and the United Kingdom, according to Brain&Life, have shown that plant-based diets can provide significant stroke prevention.
For these reasons, the American Heart Association recommends that we eat lean meats, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables on a regular basis, especially as we get older.
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