Diabetes is a condition caused by too much sugar in your blood. Having diabetes almost doubles your risk of stroke.
This Stroke Association guide helps you understand your own risk of a stroke, and what you can do to reduce your chances of having a stroke. Includes tips for stroke survivors, and great advice on healthy living choices for everyone.
Some medical problems can increase your risk of having a stroke. It’s important to have regular check-ups with your GP to make sure that you don’t have any of these conditions and to get the right treatment if you do.
Anyone can have a stroke, although there are some things that make you more at risk than others.
Being overweight increases your risk of having an ischaemic stroke by 22%. If you’re obese your risk increases by 64%. So it’s very important to try and maintain a healthy weight.
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.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is found in our blood. Reducing your cholesterol level can reduce your risk of stroke.
Regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol greatly increases your risk of stroke. But there are lots of tools that can help you track how much you're drinking and cut down if you need to.