What are the risks of atherosclerosis?

Atheroscleros. This is a disease of the arteries and can affect all of them... The major problems depend upon the blood vessels affected and include heart attack, stroke, kidney failure leading to dialysis, and loss of limb.
Debility & Death. Statistically, it is the most common mechanism of debility and death in all first world countries. Atherosclerosis typically starts in childhood yet typically remains asymptomatic for decades; until plaque ruptures, clots and/or aneurysms develop. Atherosclerosis is more problematic in some people & families than others; genetics, life styles, mental issues, etc. All related to progression rates.

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What individuals are at risk for atherosclerosis?

Risk factors. Obese, smokers, diabetics, those with high blood pressure, those with family history, high cholesterol, low good cholesterol, stress, high triglycerides, couch potatoes, old people, men, . Read more...
Unfortunatly, most. Those without very low concentrations of low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particles, low normal blood sugar, low normal blood pressure and those without high concentrations of large high density lipoproteins who are also inactive, have excess body fat, smoke, are male, older, don’t handle stress well, eat lots of sugar and processed foods, live in first world countries, genetics, etc. Read more...

What are the general risk factors of atherosclerosis?

Well known. Heredity, high LDL cholesterol, cigarette smoking, hypertension, diabetes, lack of exercise. Less striking -- low HDL, high triglycerides, renal failure, high homocystine levels, obesity, hypercoagulable blood. There are some labs that are promoted as risks but nobody knows what to do with them and physicians order them mostly as cover-your-butt. Read more...

What would increase a vegetarian's risk of atherosclerosis?

Different things. High calory diet especially using saturated fatty acids even in vegetarians can increase risk of atherosclerosis , also family history of premature or early coronary artery diseases especially when associated with familial high cholesterol or hyperhomocysteinemia can also lead to atherosclerosis , finally smoking of course. Read more...
Smoking, canned food. Fresh vegetables are healthy, but too many canned veggies are not healthy. Processed foods do not have the fiber, flavonoids, and non-oxidized mono and poly unsaturated fatty acids found in fresh fruits and vegetables essential for health. Eating processed vegetable derived foods like bread, bagels, cookies, cakes, pizzas, pastas, and sugar are "high" glycemic and must be limited. Don't smoke. Read more...