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Stroke: Eating

Eat Well.

A healthy diet is best undertaken before a stroke because eating right can reduce the risk of getting conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and coronary artery disease which can all increase the risk of stroke.

To start eating better, choose wisely when eating and drinking:

  • choose vegetables and fruits

  • choose foods low in saturated fats

  • avoid or limit foods sugar

  • Consult health care provider on how much sodium (salt) is right for you or your loved one

  • when choosing to drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation and be sure to consult health care provider to find out if these beverages are safe after a stroke

People who have already suffered a stroke may have difficulty swallowing and therefore require extra care at mealtimes:

  • a special diet (pureed) might be needed

  • always sit in a high sitting position

  • take small bites

  • take small sips of water to moisten food

Contact a health care provider with questions about specific dietary concerns for someone at risk for a stroke or who is struggling with eating after a stroke.

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