The Silent Killer: How To Prevent Arteriosclerosis
Some people don’t know how to prevent arteriosclerosis because they don’t know what it is. Arteriosclerosis, also known as Arteriosclerosis, is when the arteries and the veins in the heart are blocked with plaque. Plaque is the hardening of sugar, cholesterol, and fat from over the years of eating. Although we don’t see the effects physically, we are bound to feel it. We feel exhaustion, fatigue from physical strain, irritability, moodiness, and also low self-esteem in body appearance. Arteriosclerosis can also result in what we commonly know as a Heart Attack.
Before we figure out how to prevent arteriosclerosis, we first have to find out what can cause or make one at risk for arteriosclerosis.
The cause of arteriosclerosis can be a variety of things. One of the most prominent causes would be a bad diet. The diet when badly planned or poorly done can cause an imbalance in the body which will make it harder to process food for energy.
While this often the cause, there are other risk factors in play. Risk factors are what increase one’s chances of having arteriosclerosis. Some of these risk factors include:
- Diabetes: Diabetes is caused by increased insulin tolerance and low resistance to glucose. Often times, the kidney cannot filter out the sugar. This then makes the sugar more prone to building up in the arteries and turning into plaque.
- High Blood Pressure: High Blood Pressure can cause arteriosclerosis as it can press against the arteries. The pressure then damages the arteries, making them weaker and more prone to plaque buildup.
- Obesity: When the fat builds up all around the body, there’s added pressure onto the arteries. And when there’s added pressure, it damages the arteries from the outside. Also during physical movement, there’s additional pressure coming from the blood which further damages the arteries.
- Heightened cholesterol: We all love meat and fat. It’s the good stuff that tastes good. Unfortunately, this is also the stuff that will cause plaque to build up. Because plaque is also made from LDL (which is the bad kind of cholesterol), it also increases one’s chances of getting hit by arteriosclerosis.
Lack of exercise can also cause arteriosclerosis due to the lack of burning and movement. The lack of movement causes the build-up to occur in the arteries, making it harder for one to burn. And if one eats a lot of carbohydrates, it will then convert into fat which will make one more prone to obesity. However, going the ketogenic way doesn’t work either as the body isn’t completely designed to rely on fat alone as a means of burning.
Smoking can cause arteriosclerosis due to the nicotine lacing the lungs which makes it harder to breathe. And because the lungs are what place oxygen in the blood, it carries also the nicotine through the arteries. The nicotine will then damage the arteries, poisoning your entire body. This is why smoking is also the main cause for heart attacks and arteriosclerosis.
Sounds pretty scary right? That’s true; it is scary! And arteriosclerosis also has a sub-type of arteriosclerosis known as Monckeberg’s Arteriosclerosis.
Monckeberg’s Arteriosclerosis is not caused purely by plaque but by calcification. Calcification occurs when there is too much calcium in the blood and it starts to clump up. When it starts to clump up, calcium deposits start to form in the smaller arteries. This then leads to renal problems which will further cause the body to deteriorate due to the lack of ability to cleanse it out.
There’s no known certain pathology as to how Monckeberg’s Arteriosclerosis is caused. But the risk of getting this kind of Arteriosclerosis often increases with age.
How to prevent Arteriosclerosis
While intervention is the normal thing people look for, it’s better to have prevention. After all, Arteriosclerosis does not disappear overnight. At times, it needs a lifestyle overhaul. People would need to change the way they live in order for it to disappear. That includes the way they eat, the way they move, and also the way they go around with their daily activities. Here are some ways to prevent yourself from getting afflicted with arteriosclerosis:
Change your diet to fit your day
Have more leafy vegetables in your diet. The fiber and leafy vegetables provide roughage for your system, cleaning out your small intestines. This will then make sure there’s not much build up in the arteries. While adding more vegetables, take in foods such as flaxseed or chia seeds which are rich in HDL. They are rich in “good cholesterol” which will help keep your heart healthy. Eating lean meat will help such as chicken and fish. Because beef and pork are often full of fat, the body has a harder time breaking down the meat. Unless, if the person has a heavy schedule of moving things around or doing more work then, meat would be a good source of energy.
Drink a lot of water
Most of the time the debris that we digest is water-soluble. Meaning, all we have to do is drink water to flush it out. Water is one of the best ways to clean out your system as most of the vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds mix with water. When you drink water, it will then be filtered out by the kidneys and turn into urea and ammonia. This then will prevent or slow the plaque from building up inside.
The main reason as to why plaque builds up is because of the intake of carbohydrates which can transform into two things: sugar and fat. These two are the main culprits for arteriosclerosis which then damage your arteries. Exercise will then convert the sugar and fat into energy, fueling your cells for your daily activities. And when we say exercise, it doesn’t mean you have to start lifting weights and pumping iron. Even just walking around for long periods of time can help. The intensity of the work out may help in burning more but the consistency of the exercise works best in preventing the plaque from building up.
So, there you have it! That’s how to prevent Arteriosclerosis! Nobody wants to die of an instant heart attack. Besides, the best way to stop Arteriosclerosis is to prevent it from ever happening to begin with.
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