Earlier today I posted the second part in the series on the Brain… and whilst there is no doubt that dementia as a disease is feared, there are other ways that we can allow this critical organ to lapse as we age.
Many people’s greatest fear is not that they will get arthritis or wrinkles or put weight on. Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is a terrifying prospect for many of us who feel that being powerless mentally is far worse than any physical disability. This is probably the hardest aspect to aging that we might have to face but despite that, the emphasis is usually on the more obvious physical effects such as heart disease and conditions such as arthritis.
There are a great many theories about the causes of degenerative brain disease but certainly your lifestyle does have a direct impact on your risk factors.
In this chapter I am going to look at pathways into and inside the brain as they play a key part in our brain health and therefore our aging process.
What are the pathways into the Brain?
Vitally important to our brain health are the pathways that take oxygen and nutrient rich blood to this crucial organ. In this case the arteries that are vital to our brain health are the Carotid arteries, which are on either side of the neck.
These arteries supply the large, front part of the brain, which is responsible for our personality and our ability to think, speak and move. The back part of the brain is supplied by the vertebral arteries that run through the spine. I am going to concentrate on the Carotid as this is the one that, if diseased, can lead to degenerative problems.
What sort of problems can the Carotid Arteries develop?