5 Habits That Stop Strokes

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Hi, I'm Barbara Ficarra with your smart tip of the day. Practice these five healthy habits and you could prevent a stroke. Number one, walk everyday. Number two, maintain a healthy weight. Number three, avoid cigarette smoke. Number four, enjoy alcohol only in moderation. And number five, eat nutritiously.

You might already do some of these things, but if you apply all of them to your daily routine, you can dramatically cut your risk of stroke. One large study found that people who follow these five basic health habits the most were 80% less likely to have an ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. These study participants exercised 30 minutes a day and had a body mass index below 25.

Their diets were packed with fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein, and they drink only in moderation and, of course, they didn't smoke. These habits can also combat other diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. So if you're already on the road to good health, keep going. For more ways to live better, watch and share all our smart tips, right here.