Aging is a complex process and while it comes with wisdom, increased happiness, and other benefits, according to research, there are certain diseases you are at a higher risk for as more birthdays pass. Merely living takes a toll on your body. Your joints experience wear and tear, your heart changes, your muscles lose strength, your bones lose density, and even your brain becomes less efficient and smaller. Staying active and eating wholesome foods goes a long way in helping maintain good health. However, no specific effort can entirely prevent disease. Knowing more about some of the most common and scary diseases related to aging enables you to take preventative measures and better cope with them should they develop.
The arteries are responsible for delivering blood rich with oxygen throughout your body. Atherosclerosis occurs when the arteries have plaque accumulation. The plaque is generally comprised of calcium, cholesterol, fat, and other substances in your blood. As the plaque accumulates, it hardens, and this can reduce how much oxygenated blood is traveling throughout your body. In some cases, an artery can have a complete blockage.
Atherosclerosis is progressive and tends to occur slowly. It may result from high cholesterol, blood pressure or triglycerides, inflammation, insulin resistance or diabetes, tobacco use or obesity. When left untreated, this condition increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. The symptoms experienced typically depend on which arteries are affected, but may include chest pressure or pain, coronary artery disease, temporary vision loss, carotid artery disease, extremity weakness or numbness, aneurysms, peripheral artery disease, kidney failure, and high blood pressure.
Next, learn how cardiovascular disease and age are closely related.