What is this silent killer?
AAA or an abdominal aortic aneurysm may not be a commonly heard term for many of us. An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a swelling of the aorta.
Your aorta is the large artery at the end of your heart's aortic valve. It carries oxygen-rich blood away from your heart to the rest of your body. It travels through your chest, where it's called the thoracic aorta, and into your abdomen, where it's called the abdominal aorta.
Statistics on AAA and why should we be concerned?
According to a screening study done by Joseph L Bobadilla & K Craig Kent, ruptured AAA ranked as the 15th leading cause of death amongst Americans, and the 10th leading cause of death in men older than 55 years old. The statistics related to age and gender isn’t far from truth for Indians as well. As per this study by Unnikrishnan, Madathipat & Savlania, Ajay & Goura, Prakash & Verma, Himanshu & Tripathi, Ramesh based on experience from two large centers in India, most patients belonged to the 55-65 years age group with a 9:1 male to female ratio. The study also concluded that the comorbidities are usual with high incidence of hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and smoking. The risk connection between male gender, smoking and hypertension and development of an abdominal aortic aneurysm has also been made evident through this study that was published in the British Journal of Surgery.
According to a study by Multicentre Aneurysm Screening Study Group, roughly around 4.91% of the people above 65 years screened positive for abdominal aortic aneurysms. While large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. If a large aneurysm bursts, it causes huge internal bleeding and is usually fatal. According to this published news article on Times of India, 95% of aneurysms result in death.
What Should We Do?
The various studies cited above, and countless other ones have established a pattern of increased risk with age, male gender, hypertension, and smoking to Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. While for the gender and age, we don’t have a choice, the rest are manageable by us.
- Avoid smoking. The exposure and the year of habit has a direct correlation to the increased risk to AAA. Not smoking could in turn also help you in reducing your blood pressure incase you have blood pressure along with a smoking habit.
- Manage your Blood Pressure. While the study showed no correlation between systolic BP and AAA, but a strong correlation between Diastolic BP and AAA, it is almost impossible to tackle only the diastolic pressure without managing your overall blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, limiting alcohol intake, reducing sodium (salt) intake, avoiding sugar, limiting Caffeine and increasing Potassium intake are all proven methods to help you maintain a healthy Blood Pressure.
- Drink Green Tea regularly. If you are thinking “Did you just add that? No where above in the article I saw a mention about Green Tea and a connection to AAA”, this isn’t the case. Let’s delve a little deeper on understanding the golden benefits of Green Tea as a possible preventive measure to Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.
How is Green Tea Helpful to avoid Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?
According to this research report by Kyoto University that was published in Journal of Vascular Surgery, regular intake of green tea could prevent a deadly condition in the body's main artery called abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Green Teas are rich in Polyphenols. "The type of polyphenol found in green tea has recently been shown to regenerate elastin, an essential protein that gives the artery its stretchy, yet study, texture," explains lead author Shuji Setozaki. "Considering that abdominal arterial aneurysms are caused by inflammation and the degradation of elastin components in the arterial wall, we thought drinking green tea may show promise for treatment."
It may be no wonder why Japanese people have one of the longest average lifespans in the world. Over 80% of the population in Japan drink Green Tea daily, and this research report might just be the inspiration we need to inculcate Green Tea consumption as a healthy habit in our lives.At Teamonk, we offer you an exhaustive range of pure and natural Green Teas ranging from Plain Green Tea, Fruit Green Teas, Ayurvedic Green Teas, Floral Green Teas, Spice Green Teas and Herbal Green Teas. So, if you had been avoiding Green Tea for any reason, it may be time to experiment the Zero Bitterness Green Teas from Teamonk, and believe me when I say this, we might have a Green Tea that’s appealing for every taste palette.