How old are your arteries?
It’s not an easy question to answer without conducting the necessary tests, but it’s fair to say that if you don’t look after yourself, you’re probably older on the inside than you are on the outside.
The older your artery age is, the more prone you are to heart attacks and strokes, but there are a few things you can do to reduce your age, improve your artery health, and potentially increase your life expectancy.
The United States has some of the highest per capita sugar and saturated fat consumption in the world. We also have one of the highest rates of heart disease.
That’s not a coincidence.
Most incidents of heart disease are caused by diet and lifestyle choices. Smoking could increase your chances by between 200% and 400% while a diet rich in saturated fat and trans fats could be just as harmful.
Eat more fiber and healthy fats. Stop smoking. Reduce your consumption of trans fats and refined sugar. Exercise more.
These lifestyle changes could add years to your life and shave decades off your artery age.
Prescription drugs like statins can greatly reduce your LDL cholesterol levels and improve your prognosis. If you have very high blood pressure, a diet rich in saturated fats, and you smoke, you should speak with a doctor immediately as they will likely recommend a course of statins.
You don’t need to have serious heart issues to consider using statins, though. If you have high cholesterol and your doctor believes you’re at risk, they may consider prescribing one of these medications.
Stress is a leading contributor to heart disease. If you can find a way to manage that stress, you could reduce your artery age.
Try to sleep more and work stress. Devote some of your free time to enjoying the silence, whether that means reading under the sunlight in your garden or bathing under the bubbles in your bathtub.
Citrus bergamot works in a similar way to statins and can help to reduce LDL cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. When used as recommended and as part of a healthy lifestyle, you could see significant improvements in your vascular health.
We recommend getting some baseline measurements to see where you are. Your doctor can run the necessary tests to check your cholesterol levels and artery age.
Once you have those measurements, try taking Citrus Bergamot SuperFruit™️ for a few months, take those tests again, and you’ll see just how effective this natural remedy can be.
A cardiologist can measure your artery age using techniques such as pulse wave velocity and by measuring your carotid intima-media thickness with ultrasound. You can also use something known as a Framingham Score, which is discussed in more detail in this Harvard Health guide.
The Framingham Score measures your artery age and 10-year cardiovascular risk by assigning points to certain vital statistics and lifestyle habits.
For instance, let’s assume the following:
• You are a man aged 40 to 44 years old (5 points)
• You have total cholesterol of 200 to 239 and HDL of 35 to 44 (3 points)
• You have untreated systolic blood pressure of 140 to 149 (2 points)
• You are a smoker (4 points)
If the above is true, you have a total of 14 points, putting your artery age at 68, much older than your actual age.