Strokes affect approximately 795,000 people each year—with nearly 75% of all strokes occurring in senior adults over the age of 65. While senior adults often carry common risk factors for stroke, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, more sedentary lifestyles, and weight gain, seniors still have opportunities and tools to battle those risks. Research shows consuming the proper amount of dietary fiber as part of a healthy diet can help prevent stroke. Listed below are ways fiber helps reduce stroke risk and how seniors can take advantage of fiber’s stroke-reducing properties, provided by the Scottsdale senior home care experts at Home Care Assistance.
Dietary fiber combats many of the common risk factors for stroke.
Fiber helps the body maintain a healthy weight by slowing digestion and keeping the body feeling full for longer periods between meals. Fiber aids the reduction of bad cholesterol by binding with lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream, and also helps the body prevent insulin resistance. As fiber assists in keeping weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar in check, it also helps reduce high blood pressure. While fiber isn’t a cure-all, its stroke-fighting properties make it a valuable asset for stroke prevention.
Fiber is readily available in natural form.
Fiber is naturally occurring in foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and unrefined whole grains, and foods like raspberries, pears, artichokes, green peas, lentils, barley, bran, and oatmeal serve up substantial amounts of fiber per serving. For reference, men over 50 years of age should be consuming about 30 grams of fiber per day, while women over 50 should aim for 21 grams daily.
How can seniors increase dietary fiber?
Swap seasonal, more affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables for processed snacks in the diet. Serve your senior loved one oatmeal or bran for breakfast, include a serving of beans or lentils with lunch or dinner, replace unhealthy, processed side dishes at meals with fresh veggies, and put out a bowl of fresh berries for dessert.
Making minor adjustments to your loved one’s daily diet can help them live a long and healthy life and avoid the need for in-home stroke care in Scottsdale. A local caregiver from Home Care Assistance can assist with grocery shopping, cooking healthy meals, providing companionship, and promoting the overall health and wellbeing of your loved one. Learn more about senior health and wellness by calling a friendly Care Manager at (480) 448-6215. Our caregivers are trained, compassionate, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.