#Movember is not just about growing a moustache - think about your health

Movember is about more than growing facial hair! It’s also about addressing male-related health problems and issues.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation states that every 60 minutes, ten South Africans suffer a stroke.

Nutrition Science Manager Gabriel Eksteen tells us more about these factors, and what to look out for.

Age is definitely one of our biggest risk factors but you know that’s the case for many diseases especially life-style diseases.

Gabriel Eksteen, Nutrition Science Manager

Long gone are the days where old people are the only ones to experience a stroke. There are people as young as 35 who suffer from strokes.

We are seeing it at earlier ages and it comes down to how we live and the risk factors in our lives that we see earlier and earlier – things like obesity and high blood pressure and unhealthy diet. It’s no longer a disease just for older people.

Gabriel Eksteen, Nutrition Science Manager

A stroke is a disease of the blood vessel says Nutrition Science Manager, Gabriel Eksteen. He goes on to state that most strokes don’t have a single cause, and instead, a number of varying factors could impact a persons health.

Gabriel states that blood vessels which age prematurely become stiff and narrow overtime. Abnormal clotting occurs in these premature blood vessels which cause a stroke says the Nutrition Science Manager.

Strokes are affected by a range of factors but one of the main reasons is blood pressure, which is one of biggest problems South Africans face.

The longer that you have high blood pressure, the more damage it does to your blood vessels. And the more likely a stroke is to come.

Gabriel Eksteen, Nutrition Science Manager

Click on the link below to hear more...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : #Movember is not just about growing a moustache - think about your health


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Things to take into consideration when wanting to renovate a shared building

Things to take into consideration when wanting to renovate a shared building

Renovations and alterations must not affect the building structure and not cause disturbance to the building's residents.

Holomisa shares his desire to be the country's deputy president

Holomisa shares his desire to be the country's deputy president

If the up coming elections resulted in the formation of a coalition government‚ Holomisa wants to be the deputy president.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.

Is there a doctor in the house? Everything you need to know about strokes

Is there a doctor in the house? Everything you need to know about strokes

Neurologist Dr. John Gardenier talks about different types of strokes and early treatment.

Middle age not too late to get fit, dodge stroke - study

Middle age not too late to get fit, dodge stroke - study

You can still reduce your chances of stroke, even if you have neglected exercise for most of your life. A cardiologist explains.

Signs you're having a stroke (and why you should act fast)

Signs you're having a stroke (and why you should act fast)

Medical help is most important within the first few hours after a stroke, explains the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Megan Lee.

Popular articles
‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Ian Moir, CEO at Woolworths.

Is EOH corrupt? Is that why Microsoft ran for the hills? Its CEO explains…

Is EOH corrupt? Is that why Microsoft ran for the hills? Its CEO explains…

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stephen van Coller, CEO at EOH Holdings.

'R23 million for rent a month seems huge. I don't think we could've done better'

'R23 million for rent a month seems huge. I don't think we could've done better'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adrian Gore, founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at Discovery Limited.

NSFAS to introduce R275 monthly allowance for student's personal use

NSFAS to introduce R275 monthly allowance for student's personal use

This is in addition to the food allowance that NSFAS funded students receive monthly, says spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo.