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.
Aug. 17, 2012