Hello everyone, I wonder if I may ask for your experiences on receiving information or guidance around healthy diet and lifestyle following a stroke. By way of background, I'm a Stroke Association support co-ordinator and looking to try and address gaps in support or information that would be helpful to the stroke survivors I work with. I have a few questions I wonder if you would mind answering (a big thank you in advance!):
1) Either before or after your stroke, were you prescribed medications for conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol? If so, were you given any information about how diet and lifestyle can help with managing these conditions?
2) Do you have diabetes (either type 1 or type 2) and is it managed by medication or by diet?
3) Were you given any information following your stroke about eating a healthy diet and how this can help with reducing the risk of having a further stroke? If so, where did the information come from? (e.g. GP, hospital, you found the information on the internet).
4) Were you given any information on how making healthy changes to your lifestyle can help with reducing the risk of having a further stroke (e.g. exercise and movement, relaxation, smoking). If so, where did the information come from?
5) Did you make any changes to your diet and/or lifestyle following your stroke? If so, how easy or difficult was this for you and did you feel confident in making changes? Did you get the information and support you needed to do this?
6) Overall, on a scale of 1-10, how important do you think it is to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle after a stroke (1 is not important, 10 is extremely important).
If you have any other thoughts on this topic, that would also be great.
Thank you if you have taken the time to read and reply.