Doctor's Note

Be sure to check out my first video on abdominal aortic aneurysms: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Ticking Time Balloons.  

For additional context, check out my associated blog posts: Aortic aneurysm prevention: Jeff Green and his aorta, and Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    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!

    And check out the associated blog post Aortic aneurysm prevention: Jeff Green and his aorta.

    • Thank you for posting about this. My mother died from this September of 2015. Smoking was the primary cause, but her diet compounded the problem. She was in ICU for three weeks as her organs shut down slowly. I watched as my mother essentially drown as her lungs hardened and filled with blood. It was horrific.
      I spent my entire adult life trying to get her to stop smoking and change her diet. She said her doctors told her it would “do no good”. That, itself, is heartbreaking.
      Please, if anyone here smokes, then stop now. Add more fruits and veggies in your diet, or, even better, cut out animal products completely.
      I do not want anyone to go through what my mother endured. It leaves the people who love you broken.

      • Thea

        Oh gosh Hope, that’s a horrifying story. I’m so sorry your mother and you went through that. Thank you for sharing.

  • alancproctor

    What is the footnote notated by the asteric for the meat section.

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      I uploaded the entire figure above in the Supplementary Info section, including the caption. Never hesitate to ask me to reproduce or blow-up any graphs or charts or anything featured in my videos. That’s what that Supplementary Info section is made for and I don’t use it enough!

  • john23

    Suppose you were a young adult male, who is highly athletic (exercises every day), has well diversified diet of fruits and vegetables (still eating meat though), would such a lifestyle have a nulling effect if that person were to also smoke cigars every week?
    From watching various videos on your website I have come to the conclusion that smoking(not inhaling, but consider a scenario of a cigarette smoker contrasted with a cigar smoker) wouldn’t be nearly as big problem as any potentially harmful effects would just be muted by the extremely healthy life style the person was living. Or am I wrong to suppose that?

  • laustin

    Dr. Greger, could you say something about CoQ10, a coenzyme supposedly helpful in combating some diseases of the elder? Would you recommend it as a general supplement?

  • johnduda

    Dr. Greger, I think it is important to point out that in this study, as with most population-based dietary studies, the threshold for consumption of fruits and vegetables is often absurdly low. The benefit in the risk of AAAs was found for those consuming fruit, vegetable and nuts more than three times per week and all you had to do to get the 50% reduction was eat either daily! There is no way to know how much more benefit a vegetarian or vegan diet might provide.

    PS. I really enjoy your website and appreciate all the work you do to put it together

  • wickedchicken

    So eating meat 2 to 4 times per month was worse for your risk than eating fast food every day? Hmm, questionable!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please also check out my associated blog post Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction!

  • Amir

    so a patient with marfan syndrome should go vegan?

  • nancy martin

    was is it about the smoking?



    • Richard Frazee

      1.3 cm, WOW, you should feel really good! My doctor called me the other day and told me that he read my ultra-sound and mine is a tiny 5.5 cm. He wants to cut me open A.S.A.P. or sometime right after the first of the new year.

      • Dave a

        mine has been 4.4 for a while now or may even be larger now as the scan was inconclusive
        I would like to know what I can do naturally as my doctor wants to put me on beta blockers & I am against prescription drugs,well unless they are going to save my life anyway

  • sf_jeff

    I wonder why eating fast food daily and twice a month are so close together in the chart. Any thoughts?

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      You are amazing at detail! Perhaps there was no significance found? Seems like there should have been regarding fast food. Here is the study in full “whereas red meat and processed or fast food were associated with increased AAA prevalence, although this effect did not remain significant in multivariable analysis. “

  • Karen Lalaian

    How to reverse aortic calcification?

  • Ajs

    Hey Doc,
    Is there any way to reduce the risk of aortic root aneurysms? Also are there any nutritional guidelines in helping with connective tissue disorders such as marfan’s syndrome?

    • Joan_RN-Educator

      I am a volunteer moderator and see you have not yet received any feedback on your question. Regarding marfan’s syndrome, please check out which clarifies that patients diagnosed with marfan’s syndrome are more at risk of aneurysms. To reduce risk it makes sense to practice whole food plant based nutrition for optimal heart health. You may want to check out this video. because the science of why a healthy diet minmizes risk for abdominal aorta aneurysims is relevant. I hope that helps. Joan-NurseEducator

  • Lt. Nimitz

    Wow shocked to see the reduction of cases eating fish!! Maybe was before Fukushima accident… Now I do not think that fish eaters will live long enough to experience this problem eating radioactive fish.