How To Prevent Atherosclerosis?
A person often faces the enemies of his good health; one among of these is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is quite common & its effects may prove devastating causing strokes, heart attacks & death. But don’t need to be afraid of it. Let’s start how to avoid this cursing condition.
What Is Atherosclerosis?
“Atherosclerosis is the condition involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls, thus narrowing the arteries as a result of increased level of cholesterol, calcium & other substances that form plaque.”
“Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries due to plaque accumulation.”
It is also known as Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease (ASVD)
Tips to Avoid Atherosclerosis!
Make a habit of regular exercise. The aerobic exercises help man in reducing body fat especially in blood, thus lower blood pressure, cholesterol level & finally the body weight. This leads to healthy life style & prevents risk factor & finally atherosclerosis.
Stop smoking immediately. The research studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of atherosclerosis. It does so by irritating the blood vessels wall thus damaging it & this increases the chances of plaque formation & at last atherosclerosis.
Avoid smoke form others as it also affect the body & increases incidences of atherosclerosis.
Lower Your Body Cholesterol
Increased cholesterol level especially LDL enhances the risk for atherosclerosis as it lead to early plaque formation. LDL (bad cholesterol or lethally dangerous lipids) thus must be regulated at its normal level. Improve your bad cholesterol levels by eating balanced diet, exercising regularly and quitting smoking to secure you from atherosclerosis.
Control Your BMI
BMI should be maintained within the normal range i-e 18.9-25.9. BMI above the calculated value leads to being overweight or obese & makes vulnerable to atherosclerosis by increasing body weight.
Eat Balanced & Healthy Diet
Balanced & healthy diet maintains the body system at its maximum by stabilizing its weight, lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) level low, lowering blood pressure & also reducing excess fat accumulation & all of this aid in preventing atherosclerosis.
Healthy diet includes fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, also a portion of fibers & contain minimum portion of fat. A selected quantity of meat & dairy products should also be included in proper diet. You may consult your diet planner form making schedule of balanced diet consulting your financial status.
Avoid Risk Factors
Avoid the risk factors which put you at the danger of being atherosclerotic. These are;
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Excessive use of alcohol
- A sedentary lifestyle / Lack of exercise
- Not eating enough fruits and vegetables
- A family history of atherosclerosis or heart disease
Diabetes is a major factor leading to atherosclerosis so it must be controlled. Consult your doctor in this regard & as a first line of control, control your body sugar level carefully.
Regular checkups should be done with your doctor for blood pressure & cholesterol level. High blood pressure can complicate atherosclerosis by causing artery walls to harden and thicken, a condition called arteriosclerosis. Consult your doctor to know the risk factors for atherosclerosis & further guide.