Doctors can formulate a pretty good idea about how long you’ll live. I mean, medically. Of course, no one can tell you if you will die from accidents or crime, but based on your body’s REAL, INTERNAL HEALTH, doctor’s can formulate a pretty good idea about the health of your internal organs, and therefore, whether or not you ought to be taking useful healthier lifestyle changes.

By measuring the health of your ARTERIES, doctors can give you a pretty good idea of how long you are LIKELY, but not guaranteed, to live.

A measuring device that is proving to be very helpful at diagnosing how old your arteries are, is the PULSE WAVE VELOCITY machine. Here’s how it is used.

Cuffs, a number of them, similar to what you’d know as a blood pressure cuff that you doctor wraps around your arm when measuring your blood pressure, is wrapped around your arm and leg to measure the TIME it takes for your blood pressure pulse to travel between various points on your body. If the pulse travels quickly, this indicates your arteries are “stiff” and narrow…not a good sign. That’s what happens, roughly speaking, as we get much older: stiffer arteries.

As we age, our arteries lose pliability and get stiffer. You may have heard of “high blood pressure”, an everyday name for hypertension? That happens because of aging arteries, stiffer arteries, which require higher blood pressures in order to pump blood through your arteries.

In theory, if you have a arteries of an 80-year old, but you are only aged 30, you can foresee a chronic disease is going to be imminent and you likely won’t live as long as your ought to. It may take a few years or even a decade or so, but, once your arteries turn to crap, your other organs are also affected by the restricted blood supply and they, too, begin suffering from poor blood supply. On the other hand, if you are 60 and are told your arteries are that of a 30-year old, you are likely going to able to avoid many of those chronic diseases that come from an unhealthy lifestyle and are LIKELY, but not guaranteed, to live a long, healthy life for the rest of your life.

If you’ve read other Nuggets on this website, you’ll recall that the Brachial Artery test can demonstrate how the body’s arteries struggle and suffer when eating a meal high in fat. That’s a one-time event and after 6 to 12 hours, your body is able to somewhat process and cope with that temporary damage, to a limited degree, and return your arteries back to near-normal. Near-normal, meaning, to a state almost as good as your arteries were before the high-fat meal. But if every high-fat meal throughout your lifetime causes a wee bit of damage to your arteries, a lifetime of doing that can shorten your lifespan.

Eating high-fat meals over a lifetime? Then, your chances of a chronic disease such as heart attack, stroke, arthritis, cancers, etc., MIGHT rise dramatically as you age. Is it the fat or the irritation that kills you sooner?

Scientists are still arguing whether it is the cholesterol or the irritation that triggers those chronic diseases and results in an earlier than necessary death from chronic diseases. It may be decades before we have definitive answers to whether it is the high fat levels in meals or the irritation from high fat that causes chronic disease. Until we get a definitive answer, one doctor says that it is silly to argue over the specific mechanism…avoid the diseases altogether by simply “turning off the tap”, meaning, avoid meals high in fats and stop adding oils, which are very high in fats, to your food.

To fuel the controversy even further, processed foods are emerging as ANOTHER way to damage our bodies because of their high-fat, high-salt, high-sugar content. But also one more recent discovery takes process foods even one step further.

Evidence is emerging that in addition to the terrible health effects from high-salt, high-sugar, carcinogenic additives such as dyes and artificial sweeteners and flavorings, in processed foods, we need to start worrying about EMULSIFIERS added as thickening agents to keep colors and flavors suspended, and yes, that includes beverages such as soda. When you use a salad dressing that pours out nice and thickly, now you know why: emulsifiers. Research points to 16 emulsifiers that MAY BE highly irritating to the arteries, and, therefore, cause damage to the arteries that doesn’t get repaired very quickly, or repaired at all. Done often enough over a lifetime, arteries can be severely compromised.

Bottom line, if you keep your arteries healthy, you tend to live longer. Here, we define “live longer” as living longer by avoiding or minimizing death from all non-accident, non-violence-related, and therefore by aging-related causes. That is, from deteriorating health at an earlier age than your body ought to.

The PULSE WAVE VELOCITY analysis can give you a “peak” inside your arteries to tell you where your health is REALLY at.

[Warning: This Nugget is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a recommendation for you. Be sure to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, lifestyle or exercise. Do NOT change any prescriptions, supplement, or foods, that my be prescribed by your doctor. Discuss your health status with a medical doctor and do not attempt to self diagnose.]

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