Sugar and Stroke

by | Jan 16, 2024

Excessive sugar intake can contribute to vascular issues and increase the likelihood of strokes. Discover practical tips for maintaining a balanced diet to reduce the impact of sugar lowering your risk of stroke for a healthier, more informed lifestyle.
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Introduction to Sugar and Stroke


Did you know that hi glucose levels along with triglycerides and LDL cholesterol can contribute to strokes? A stroke causes damage to brain tissue and other parts of the body by cutting off blood to vessels in the brain. Glucose is a simple carbohydrate taken from sugar that your body uses for energy.

People with high glucose, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity must learn to control their weight and sugar intake. In addition, their blood lipid levels should be checked on a regular basis to determine safe cholesterol levels to avoid the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Non-invasive procedures including ultrasound and other diagnostic imaging can check the conditions of arteries and other blood vessels.

Diabetes prevents the body from processing food properly and producing insulin. If the insulin that breaks down sugar and sends it to blood cells is not functioning, glucose can build up in the blood that lead to stroke. Read more about the causes and risk factors when it comes to stroke prevention, some of which you were born with and some that are controllable.

Natural and Added Sugar


Natural sugar is found in fruits and vegetables. It is referred to as fructose. Natural sugar is also found in milk and some dairy products. It is called lactose. These sugars consumed in average amounts are not harmful.

Fruits and vegetables contain the necessary vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that everyone needs for good health. Dairy products contain vitamins and proteins. They also contain fats that can lead to excess cholesterol problems. Non-fat or low fat milk and other dairy products are generally recommended.

Added sugar is the major culprit. This is refined, processed sugar that is found in most packaged goods. It is a major ingredient in candy, biscuits or cookies, beverages, and every other confection. This is table sugar that is added to tea and coffee. Honey also contains sugar, although it is a naturally sweet product.

Processed sugars added to food contain only calories, no nutrients. There are no benefits other than taste.

Other names for sugars include:

  • sucrose
  • dextrose
  • maltose
  • brown sugar
  • raw sugar
  • maple sugar
  • molasses
  • corn syrup
  • fruit juice concentrate

Read the Labels

Many packaged products include the sugar content on the labels, (usually in very small print.) This includes natural and added sugar. If the label indicates that no sugar is added, then all sugar is natural. Sugar-free products have less than .5 grams of sugar.

White rice is a carbohydrate that is converted to sugar in the blood stream. Other carbohydrates are also broken down into sugar. This includes products made with some flours. Check labels carefully for content, including the carbohydrate levels.

Cut Down On Your Sugar Intake


The average person can consume 40 to 55 grams of sugar each day. However, this depends on your calorie intake. It is better to consume sugar in the form of your favorite fruits and other vegetables rather than processed sweets.

Avoid all processed foods with added sugar. Do not add sugar to coffee or tea. Use artificial sweetener such a stevia, derived from a plant. Artificial chemical sweeteners can have an adverse effect on your digestion.

Eat broccoli, seafood, nuts, beans, apples, eggs, and other healthy foods in place of sweets. Eat high fiber foods, including seeds, oats, and berries.

Most people need to consider their sugar intake to stay healthy. Regular exercise is always recommended for good health. (Read our informative blog post, “A Guide to Best Foods for Stroke Patients and Survivors” to reduce the risk of stroke.)

Check Your Potential for Stroke


It is extremely important to check your blood glucose level and lipids to stay healthy and avoid a stroke or heart attack. Regular medical check-ups will help you determine your risk for stroke as you age. Various diagnostic programs are available.

Contact us at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic at the Mount Alvernia Hospital in Singapore for an appointment. We are happy to work with you to control your blood sugar.

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We Support Your Brain Health at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic


By working with an experienced stroke specialist in Singapore, you can decrease your risk of a stroke and manage potential risk factors more effectively. Reach out to the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic to connect with our specialized stroke clinic and Dr. Manish Taneja. We handle various stroke conditions and treatments and will work closely with you and your loved ones to create a tailored plan.

Consult a Stroke Specialist in Singapore


Dr. Manish Taneja, is an expert in endovascular and image guided neurointerventional procedures of brain and spine. It’s important to find a stroke specialist and doctor you can trust in Singapore. He has special interest in treatment of brain aneurysms, stroke and vascular malformations. Come in for a further evaluation. Arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our stroke specialist.

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Stroke Resources

Transient Ischemic Attack: What You Need to Know

Not all people get strokes. However, for those who are well, warning signs of stroke can still happen. You might have heard of Transient Ischemic Stroke (TIA), which can lead to a future possible stroke.

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We’ve Got You Covered for Specialized Stroke Screening, Prevention, and Management


Imagine heart attacks where the blood flow to your heart is blocked. Similarly, a stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is interrupted becoming a “brain attack”. When blood supply does not reach a certain part, brain cells begin to die. Different types of stroke include ischaemic strokes (blockage of blood vessel due to blood clot) or a mini stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), with no permanent damage yet serious. Stroke also occurs when a blood vessel in the brain pops causing bleeding in the brain.

Certain areas of the brain can be affected by stroke and some symptoms of a stroke including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood sugar levels increase the risk of stroke whereas an active lifestyle or controlling high cholesterol reduces the risk. How well do you know stroke? Find tips to prevent and manage stroke, the differences in stroke screening tests, and the newer technology and treatments available.

Supreme Vascular and Interventional Stroke Programs

Brain Aneurysm Resources

Discover brain aneurysm resources that go beyond the basics designed for patients. Understand the meaning of  a brain aneurysm condition, the causes, symptoms, signs, and more. Connect with your brain health.

Put Brain Aneurysm on Your Health Radar

Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore to be on your health radar.

Other Health Conditions

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurological conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.