Eating well after a stroke
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Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help to support your recovery after stroke. Read our tips.
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Eat a healthy diet
Even making small changes to your eating habits can make a difference to your overall health, particularly if you have been told that you are at risk of having a stroke or TIA.
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High cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is found in our blood. Reducing your cholesterol level can reduce your risk of stroke.
Swallowing problems
This page explains why you may have problems with swallowing after a stroke and how they can be diagnosed and treated.
Changes to taste and smell
A stroke can sometimes cause changes to your taste and smell. Things can taste different or taste bad (dysgeusia) or you may not taste flavours (hypogeusia or ageusia). Some people lose the sense of smell (anosmia) or become more sensitive to smells (hyperosmia). These problems often improve over time, and our guide gives some practical tips about oral hygiene and enjoying your food.
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
A transient ischaemic attack, TIA, or mini-stroke, is the same as a stroke, but the symptoms last a short time. A TIA is a warning that you are at risk of having a stroke.
A family-centred approach to the management of lifestyle risk factors for recurrent stroke
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This research project will design a healthy living programme for stroke survivors and their families and help people learn how to manage their own lifestyle risk factors.
Seizures and epilepsy after stroke
Some people can experience post-stroke seizures. A small number of people go on to develop epilepsy, which is a tendency to have repeated seizures. Find out about the different types of seizures and how epilepsy is diagnosed and treated.
Coping with changes to taste and smell
After a stroke, up to a third of people find that their sense of taste or smell changes.
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Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition caused by too much sugar in your blood. Having diabetes almost doubles your risk of stroke.