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A member of the British Dietetic Association, Juliette Kellow has worked in the NHS and for the food industry, and is the former editor of magazines Slimming and Top Santé. She's also the former editorial...

The 7 ways you can cut your risk of stroke…

  1. Take 
medication

If you’ve already had a stroke you will be put on blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin or new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and/or clopidogrel to reduce the risk of another stroke.

2. Control your risk factors

Monitor and 
treat high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, diabetes and 
atrial fibrillation, 
a heart rhythm disorder that can cause clots.

3. Give up smoking

Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for stroke as it damages your blood vessels, so you must aim to stop.

4. Cut down on booze

Excess alcohol can damage your arteries, so drink within safe limits of 14 units a week.

5. Watch your weight

Being overweight increases your stroke risk by 22%.

6. Eat healthily

Cut down on sugar, salt and saturated fat and eat  plenty of fresh fruit and veg. A 2016 New Zealand study found that a Mediterranean- style diet lowered the risk of stroke and heart attack in people with established heart disease. Cut down on artificially sweetened diet drinks, too – a 2017 study published in the journal Stroke found drinking 
at least one diet drink a day almost trebled stroke risk compared with those who drank them less than once a week.

7. Take more exercise

A University of Alabama study published in Stroke in 2013 found inactivity led to a 20% increased risk 
of stroke.