As we've discussed extensively in past posts, every man and woman has more control over their aging longevity than they may think. The day-to-day decisions you make regarding the food you eat, the cigarettes you smoke and the exercise regimen you follow all have a major impact on how you'll look and feel in the years to come, largely by affecting your risk of contracting serious medical conditions.

In terms of immediate effects, few health issues are as detrimental as a stroke. This event, also known as "brain attack," can significantly impair your physical and mental abilities if it isn't treated quickly. High blood pressure can contribute substantially to the likelihood of a stroke, as it increases the chance of developing blood clots or other obstructions.

Because of this, the American Heart Association (AHA) has released a list of healthy lifestyle factors that can mitigate this risk. These aspects, listed in an instructive form, include "be active, control cholesterol, eat a healthy diet, manage blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight, control blood sugar and don't smoke."

According a recent study from the AHA, even a slight move in the right direction regarding these habits can have surprisingly dramatic effects. The researchers created a scoring system based on the AHA's healthy lifestyle factors to gauge how minor changes affected the likelihood of having stroke.

"We used the assessment tool to look at stroke risk and found that small differences in health status were associated with large reductions in stroke risk," said senior author Dr. Mary Cushman in a press release published by ScienceDaily.

To learn more about how you can protect your health and age gracefully, contact Longevity Centres of America in Houston today.