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4 Common Foods You Should Eat Less In Your 40s And Above To Prevent Stroke

According to Mayo Clinic, a stroke 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, as a result, preventing the brain from getting enough oxygen and nutrients which in many cases has resulted in brain damage and eventually death, especially when its early signs and symptoms are not attended to at an early stage. According to the Stroke Association, our arteries naturally become narrower and harder and more likely to become clogged with fatty materials as we grow older. Thus, age is one of the main risk factors for stroke.

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At age 40 and above, our heart, vascular system, and blood vessels gradually change. This is because of the reduction in elastic tissues in the arteries that cause them to become stiffer and less compliant, as a result, our blood pressure increases alongside the risk of stroke. According to the Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention, poor diet choices, especially foods that contain high cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats have been linked to stroke. Hence, the following foods should be reduced or avoided in your 40s and above to prevent high blood pressure and brain damage that may result in a stroke.

1. Smoked and processed meats

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Research showed that frequent consumption of processed meats and smoked meats can significantly increase the risk of stroke. This is due to their high sodium levels and preservatives that can increase blood pressure and cause the arteries to become narrower and stiffen, therefore, leading to stroke. Examples of smoked and processed meats are barbecue, sausage, hot dogs, smoked turkey and smoked fish.

2. Baked foods

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Baked foods such as cakes, pies, crackers, doughnuts, egg rolls, microwaved popcorn, and cookies usually contain a high amount of additives that can increase LDLs (bad cholesterol) levels that may raise blood pressure which can eventually result in a stroke.

3. Red meats

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Several studies showed that red meat such as pork, beef, and sausage contribute to stroke by gradually clogging arteries with a buildup of plaques. This is due to their high saturated fat and high iron content that increases the risk of stroke. According to Everyday Health, the regular consumption of red meat in old age is associated with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, all of which can result in a stroke.

4. Diet soda

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Although diet soda is often used to reduce weight, however, in 2011, a research study was presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference by Columbia University, this study found that people in their 40s and above that consume diet soda daily are at a high risk of stroke. Thus, sugary drinks, energy drinks, and diet soda should be reduced or avoided to reduce the risk of stroke.

According to the Brain&Life, recent studies from Taiwan and the United Kingdom showed that plant-based diets can be a powerful protection against stroke. For these reasons, the American Heart Association recommend that we regularly consume diets that contain lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, especially at an older age.

1. Nutsimage source: News Medical

2. Beans

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3. Oatmeal

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4. Spinach

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5. Olive oil

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6. Sweet Potato

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7. TomatoesImage source: Medical News Today

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