What dietary behaviors may cut the odds of developing of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in half?
Researchers launched a study of more than 3 million people—by far the largest ever to uncover what we can do, other than just not smoking, to reduce our risk of developing an abdominal aortic aneurism in the first place. In terms of diet, apparently the riskiest thing we can do is eat meat.
Eating meat just a few times a month appears to significantly increase our risk, which makes sense. Another name for atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries. That’s what all that cholesterol goop in our arteries can do—harden and stiffen the walls of our aorta, making them less pliable and so instead of just bouncing right back after every heartbeat, your aorta is at risk for stretching bit by bit over time until eventually, you can end up with balloon animal in your gut and then, sometimes, pop goes the weasel.
The most important thing, though, no smoking, which can dramatically increase our risk. Albert Einstein… died of an abdominal aortic aneurism—and he was a vegetarian, but did not start eating healthy until very late in his life and he was also a heavy smoker. So, minimize both smoking and meat eating and maximize fruits and vegetable consumption, and eat nuts every day, the two most powerful dietary behaviors found to reduce one's risk. May cut our odds of developing a abdominal aortic aneurism in half.
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Be sure to check out this morning's blog Aortic Aneurysm Prevention and yesterday's "part 1" on abdominal aortic aneurysms in Ticking time balloons. Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!
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