PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
You can reduce your risk of intestinal ischemia with lifestyle changes that help prevent atherosclerosis:
- Choose a diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Reduce the amount of added sugar, cholesterol and fat in your diet.
- Don't smoke. If do smoke, work with your doctor to find a strategy that will help you stop. Counseling, medications and nicotine replacement products may be options.
- Exercise regularly. Aim for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Control other health problems. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or other conditions that increase your risk of atherosclerosis, work with your doctor to control these conditions.
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