Though for most young people stroke seems like an impossibility, there is no such thing as being too young for stroke. Your stroke risk increases with age, but stroke in young people does happen, including infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. In general, however, most experts consider a young stroke age to be under 45.
Even though the overall rate of stroke is decreasing, it is increasing for young and middle-aged people, those between 20 and 54 years of age
Strokes are a serious brain injury that can lead to the loss of motor skills and death. Generally, older people are at higher risk of strokes, with the global average age of victims above 65.
Smoking, lack of physical exercise and poor diets high in fatty, processed food are leading causes of strokes around in the world..
While the numbers are bleak, there are proven steps that can be taken to tackle this problem. However, practical measures must be adapted across various sectors of society to bring stroke numbers down. Healthy-living campaigns such as the one spearheaded by this newspaper are the first step towards educating residents about the effect of poor lifestyle and diet choices.
Additionally, healthcare providers need to take a leading role in providing preventive care and treatment to those at risk of lifestyle diseases. That means that doctors should encourage better diet choices, get patients to exercise on a regular basis and reduce the number of people that smoke.
Regular health screenings would also be helpful in monitoring the effect of poor lifestyle choices. Such a push would be in the interest of healthcare providers as healthier patients dont take the health infrastructure to the same degree as unhealthy patients.
Insurance providers can further work with the Government to craft new healthy-living programmes and research the possibility of implementing a tax on cigarettes and, say, sugary drinks. There are proven measures that can be taken to reduce the risks of lifestyle choices. It is up to authorities to spearhead these measures across all parts of society
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