Researchers Discover Stronger Link Between Vascular Disease and Alzheimer’s

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The link between vascular disease and the increased risk of contracting Alzheimer’s is well-established in the medical community. A new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) has further strengthened that tie.

The term vascular disease covers several conditions connected to the cardiovascular system, most of which affect the smooth delivery of blood due to build-up of plaque on the artery walls. In most cases, an increase in plaque narrows the artery, restricting the blood flow and can lead to angina, heart attacks, heart failure and so on. This is most commonly caused by certain risk factors, including: smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

If those risk factors are present earlier on – the greater a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s as they age. To try and learn more about that link, the team from the Department of Neurology set out to analyse data from 346 dementia-free patients who took part in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC)-PET Amyloid Imaging Study for almost 25 years.

Participants in the study who had more than two risk factors were found to have higher levels of beta-amyloid in their brains; the protein associated with the development of Alzheimer’s. It’s this

Traditional Chinese Medicine operates as a medicine that specifically targets the vascular system. In fact, the very definition of “health” in TCM is highly-nutritious blood coursing through the body. If our blood – which carries all of the nutrients we need for our cells to function optimally – can reach its destination then we’re better equipped to fight illness. Chinese Herbal Medicine is particularly effective at combating vascular disease. In their book “Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications”, TCM masters Chen & Chen list over 45 herbs that are specifically prescribed to combat vascular disease.

If you have any  factors for vascular disease and want to begin taking herbs, come in for a consultation to determine if you are at risk. Call now.

 

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