Atherosclerosis

Stress

stressEveryone talks about stress, but its true meaning differs with each individual. Stress is determined by one’s ability to adapt to an external event. Stress can be insidious and have such diverse sources such as the workplace, family, health, poverty, prejudice or violence. All is determined by the way in which one reacts to the new situation.

Sedentary lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyle Physical activity reduces the risk of developing conditions such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Furthermore, exercise helps control body weight, decreases blood pressure, increases good cholesterol and decreases triglycerides. It strengthens muscles and helps with digestion.

Excess weight

Weight excessFor a number of years, the Body Mass Index (BMI) has been used to evaluate excess body weight. This index is calculated using the following formula: weight in kilograms/height in meters.

Cholesterol

CholesterolCholesterol is present in our organism. It is essential for the production of certain hormones and it is a constituent of cell walls. Part of our cholesterol comes directly from our diet and the rest is produced by the liver.

So, your cholesterol level is influenced by what you eat.

Diabetes mellitus

Diabetes mellitusDiabetes is characterized by an elevated blood glucose level (fasting glucose > 7mmol/l, 11.1 mmol/l after a meal). A high blood glucose level damages artery walls. As a consequence, people with diabetes have a 2 to 4 times increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Atherosclerosis: A Chronic Disease

What is atherosclerosis?

It is a condition that affects all arteries of the human body and it evolves over decades, beginning in the teenage years. It is characterized by the accumulation of fat in the artery walls - forming atherosclerotic plaques - which leads to the narrowing of the arteries.

Consequences

When atherosclerosis affects the arteries of the brain, it can lead to stroke.

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