Introduction: Ghost Blood Vessels (03:30)
Capillaries run throughout our bodies, but they can deteriorate without our knowing it, becoming ghost blood vessels. This phenomenon can lead to a variety of health problems, including premature aging, osteoporosis, and dementia. This program examines the causes and explains how to avoid this condition.
Circulatory System Research (03:07)
Researchers in Japan are studying elderly urban dwellers to understand the correlation between blood vessels and life expectancy. They examine 16 key indicators and use a special device that allows them to examine capillaries located near the fingernails.
Premature Aging (06:04)
Cosmetic company researchers have established a correlation between ghost blood vessels and sagging skin. Researcher Satoshi Nishimura has developed microscopes that can capture clear images of capillaries.
Capillaries and Cognition (04:50)
Ghost blood vessels develop when pericytes deteriorate, impairing a vessel’s ability to carry oxygen and nutrients. Researcher Berislav Jlokovic and his team in Los Angeles research the problems that arise when brain pericytes degenerate; this can lead to dementia.
Catching Problems Early (04:47)
Researchers at Ehime University Hospital in Japan have developed an anti-aging checkup. It can detect brain abnormalities at an early stage, allowing time for more effective treatment. White matter lesions and amyloid beta deposits are both believed to be early indicators of dementia.
Brittle Bones and Other Problems (05:08)
German researcher Ralf Adams has pinpointed the link between ghost blood vessels and osteoporosis. The process of rebuilding bone tissue cannot keep up with it breaking down if blood vessels have deteriorated. Thinning hair, cold hands and feet, and other problems may also be related to atrophied vessels.
Risk Checklist (02:40)
Eight questions may help determine if you are at risk of problems related to ghost blood vessels. These are related to eating habits, high blood pressure, age, and other factors. A score of four or fewer indicates low risk, while seven or above indicates high risk.
Overeating and Other Factors (04:16)
Excessive consumption of carbohydrates can cause the body to produce the substance AGE, which damages pericytes and endothelial cells. Aging and a lack of sleep can also spur the leakage of blood vessels. Smoking and high blood pressure contribute to ghosting by impeding blood flow.
Benefits of a Childhood Activity (04:18)
Osaka University’s Nobuyuki Takakura has come up with an easy and effective solution to decrease the impact of ghost blood vessels. He suggests skipping, which can improve blood flow in the calves, parts of the body that play an important role in circulation.
Dietary Remedy and Testing Results (06:13)
Sumiyo Akazawa’s research indicates that extract from cassia bark can improve the adhesiveness of endothelial cells. It is found in cinnamon and other common foods. Test subjects are asked to try skipping and make changes in their diet to prevent ghost blood cells.
Lessons From Italian Elders (04:56)
Italy’s Cilento region is known for the health and longevity of its residents; the average lifespan there is 88 for men and 92 for women. Senior citizens remain active there, regularly climbing steep hills, which gives them strong calf muscles.
Credits: Ghost Blood Vessels (00:39)
Credits: Ghost Blood Vessels
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