Let's do some word association. What comes to mind when I mention smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol? Most people would say stroke and heart disease. But there's another disease that shares these "big four" factors. In fact, 96% of the people who have this disease have at least one of these problems. And, yet, this disease still flies under the radar of most doctors.
Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to avoid this disease
The disease is peripheral artery disease or PAD. PAD affects one in 20 middle-aged Americans. More concerning, it affects one in five people over the age of 70. And most of these people have no idea there's a problem. That's because one-third of PAD sufferers don't experience any symptoms.
When people do experience symptoms, they think they're just getting old. That's because PAD can feel like arthritis or general muscle pain. For instance, pain and cramping in your calf or thigh muscle after walking or climbing stairs can be a sign of PAD. Or it could be you're simply out of shape or low on electrolytes. However, there are symptoms that are most specific to PAD. These include one leg or foot feeling numb, weak, or colder than the other and hair loss or slow-healing sores in your lower extremities. If you experience either of these, it's time to get serious about treatment.
Since PAD causes diseased, narrowed arteries in the lower extremities, most doctors will treat PAD like they would coronary artery disease. They'll use drugs, angioplasty, stents, and bypass of blockages in the arteries of the legs. But this is shortsighted. It might relieve the symptoms. But these treatments never address the underlying problem.
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If you want to avoid PAD or treat it, you have to start with your diet. Make sure you're eating lots of veggies and low-glycemic fruits (such as berries). Lose weight and get plenty of exercise. Then focus on boosting your body's circulation.
There are several therapies your doctor can use to increase your circulation. These include hyperbaric oxygen and enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). I don't have the space to go into the details of these therapies now. But there is one thing about EECP that gives you a hint about how to increase your circulation at home. EECP boosts your body's production of nitric oxide (NO). I've told you in the past about NO. It's fantastic for circulation problems. And one study found that increasing NO production in the body can significantly impact PAD. The researchers wrote: "There is considerable evidence that disruption of the NO pathway plays a major role in the pathogenesis of PAD." They went on to say that NO "may prove to be a novel treatment for PAD."
We already know it is a great treatment for PAD. So if you want to treat or avoid PAD, boost your NO production. And the best way to do this is by taking CircO2. Not only can these lozenges increase your circulation, they will also reduce your blood pressure, and help bring more nutrients to your bones and muscles. Because of CircO2's proven ability to produce nitric oxide in the body, I think it's vital for anyone with any circulation problems.
The researchers in another recent study agree. They said, "Without question, NO has a critical role in a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Its production is crucial for maintenance of normal vascular endothelial integrity. A deficiency of NO is a cardinal feature of atherosclerosis, intimal hyperplasia, thrombosis, and aneurysm formation. As our understanding of the complex biochemical features of NO has evolved, its vasoprotective properties have been further elucidated and their import more fully appreciated. Moreover, we have come to appreciate the therapeutic possibilities of NO, and that a number of common clinical therapies produce their vasoprotective effects through generation of NO."
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Steve Kroening, ND.