The stroke risk: Having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher boosts cardiovascular risks, according to the National Stroke Association. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
- High triglycerides
Weight-related risks tend to occur together in metabolic syndrome — which is a cluster of these and other conditions — and stroke is one of the key dangers of having it.
Reduce it: Losing as little as 10 pounds can significantly reduce stroke risk factors, such as lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels.
Eating more fruits and vegetables is key in any weight-loss plan. A Mediterranean diet that includes nuts, olive oil and whole grains may also help reduce your risk of stroke.