The two common age related diseases – stroke and dementia. Though these two medical conditions are common in the elderly, there are certain other factors that attributes to these two diseases such as diabetes and some of the food and lifestyle habits. It is an irony that sometimes diabetic medications and sugary food substitutes may lead to other medical conditions. Few to mention would be insulin, though the perfect medicine for diabetic control leads to obesity, a root cause for all ailments. Hence doctors advise an early detection of diabetes that can be controlled with pills. Another common known fact is diabetic patients are reluctantly prone to usage of artificial sweeteners which worsens many medical conditions in patients. Doctors strictly condemn the usage of artificial sweeteners encouraging fruit sugars as a substitute.
Does artificial sweetened drinks have an impact on stroke and dementia?
Well, the debate is still ongoing. Researchers have not proven with any clear evidence that artificial sweetened drinks cause stroke and dementia. But, they never deny the fact that person drinking more than one can of artificial sweetened drinks has higher risk of stroke and dementia – three times more than a person with other causes. Thus, doctors always advice to drink more water than artificially sweetened drinks artificial sweeteners are produced naturally from fruit substances and synthetically produced through chemicals such as sucrose, etc. Today soft drinks, sweets, chocolates, beverages are sold as diet products that contain a mix of artificial sweeteners which are injurious to health.
So let us discuss on certain foods and exercises to handle stroke:
Food for stroke patients
- Avoid high salt and high cholesterol foods
- Eat more fruits and vegetables around 5-7 servings a day.
- Add breads baked from whole grains and cereals rich in fibre.
- Above all do not miss breakfasts.
Diet always handshakes with exercise to remain healthy. Here are few exercises for stroke patients:
- Trunk rotation: place your right hand on your left thigh and rotate your torso to the left with your back and spine straight.
- Lateral trunk flexion: lower your left shoulder on the left in a seated position.
- Forward punches: Join your hands together in position parallel to the floor and give a forward punch. Repeat for 15 times in a sitting position.
- Knee to chest: In lying position bring your leg to your chest holding with your hands. Squeeze your muscles when the folded leg is near your chest. Repeat 15 times with both legs.
- Toe taps: In lying position, lift your leg bending your knee with your thigh in perpendicular position. Then slowly lower your leg and tap the floor. Repeat with both legs for 15 times.
Protect your dear ones with early detection of the following signs of dementia:
- Short term memory
- Depression and frequent mood swings.
- Loss of interest in anything known as Apathy.
- Normal routine difficulties where inability to perform daily chores such as managing usual tasks done before at ease.
- Confused thinking and actions such as forgetting simple things, doing things repeatedly, forgetting familiar faces and places.
- Experiencing difficulties to comprehend, following a conversation, keeping pace during any conversation.