A-Z of Health V- Vascular Disease
I admit I am struggling a bit with these letters! By vascular disease I am referring to Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) but P was covered with Prostate Cancer!
Peripheral Arterial Disease is very common and is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries which then restricts the blood supply to the leg muscles, you may not notice this as often there are no symptoms and the condition builds up very gradually over time. If you get painful aching legs when you walk this could be a sign of PAD.
The lifestyle and nutritional links are the same as many others throughout my A-Z of Health posts: –
- The biggest risk factor is smoking – see blog post Q – Quit smoking for more on that one!
- Diabetes (both types) increase your chances of developing PAD
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
As with many conditions your risk increases with age and the general advice is the same as in many of my other posts –
- If you are overweight or obese you are at greater risk of a host of co-morbidities
- A healthy diet can combat many progressive conditions
- Moving more and increasing activity helps with weight, circulation and blood pressure
Please don’t assume that peripheral arterial disease isn’t serious because of the lack of symptoms and generic advice, consider the blockages going one way (legs) could also go another way (brain or heart). You are at increased risk of both a stroke and heart attack if you have PAD.
In very severe cases of PAD amputation may be required if you develop Critical limb ischaemia where the blood flow to the leg is severely restricted.
Yes, the advice may be the same and it may sound boring but it is crucial that people take these conditions seriously, the consequences are far more serious than making a few lifestyle changes!
If you have concerns about your own health or that of a family member check out my book, webinars and 1:1’s.
About the author of this blog
Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards. Louise is the host of Early Years TV Food Channel – a channel dedicated to children’s health and nutrition.
Louise has also won a SBS or Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.
Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this. Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinar