Sodium and Your Arteries

Arteries tend to stiffen after age 30 and can increase risk of heart attack, stroke and memory loss because they can’t dilate (widen) when increased blood volume is necessary. Australian researchers studied 25 overweight or obese subjects with normal blood pressure and found those on a diet with lower sodium levels (2600 mg/day) had arteries that…

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Eat to Prevent Atherosclerosis

The American College of Cardiology reports that high consumption of fruits and vegetables as young adults predicts healthier arteries 20 years later. Females who ate 8-9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables for a 2000 calorie diet were 40% less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries compared to those who only ate 3-4…

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Fit Teens Have Healthier Vessels

A fascinating study of young people in Finland suggests when teens are physically fit they are more likely to have better vascular health and better outcomes later in life. In this prospective study of atherosclerosis prevention, fitness was found to reduce the thickness of the lining of the aorta and increase the elasticity of the great…

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Clogged Arteries in Young Men

Researchers have examined data from 3832 United States service members who were killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The average age was 26 years old. These were young, healthy, and fit for deployment--without any symptoms. However, just over one in 12 had atherosclerotic plaque buildup, an early sign of heart disease. Those who had…

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