Doctor’s Tip: What’s good for the heart is good for the brain.

Doctors worldwide say the same thing!

According to the Cleveland Clinic, if you laid out all of the blood vessels of the body they would be about 60,000 miles long! Arteries are a type of blood vessel. They work to carry blood away from the heart.

Cardiovascular disease isn’t a disease of the heart only. You have thousands of miles of arteries throughout your body from the biggest, which is the aortic artery coming off the heart to the tiniest, which are the arterioles, which supply blood into the capillary network throughout the body.

Cardiovascular disease can affect them all. The arteries in the brain (Alzheimer’s) or the legs (PVD) or the penis (erectile dysfunction) or the heart (heart disease). So here’s what you can do to decrease your chances of developing both vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s: (1) Keep your blood pressure at goal (less than 120/80), your cholesterol at goal (ideal is a total cholesterol of less than 150, LDL or “bad cholesterol” in the 30s and 40s), keep your weight at goal to help avoid diabetes/pre-diabetes, treat sleep apnea and inflammation, avoid tobacco. And get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day”

The easiest way to meet these objectives… eat a whole food plant based diet without added oils or salt or refined sugar… ask us how .
As people age, one of the things they fear the most is getting dementia, and rightly so because the older we get the more apt we are to develop it. Although dementia is common in older people in America and other Western countries, it is not a normal part of aging, and dementia is very rare in some parts of the world.
There are primarily two types of dementia: multiple small strokes aka vascular dementia, and Alzheimer’s dementia. The risk factors for vascular dementia are the same as those for coronary artery disease: hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes/ pre-diabetes, age, family history of cardiovascular disease, sedentary lifestyle, inflammation (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, dental disease), sleep apnea, the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) and smoking.
The cause of Alzheimer’s is less clear, but evidence is accumulating that the risk factors for Alzheimer’s are the same as those for cardiovascular disease, and evidence is mounting that there is an association between atherosclerosis of arteries in the brain and Alzheimer’s.