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Posted August 2, 2013: by Bill Sardi
In a more perfect world, where public health authorities are driven to protect the public and prevent disease rather than aid pharmaceutical companies in developing blockbuster drugs to treat every known malady as if they represent a drug deficiency, there would certainly be a different response to the recent announcement that the prevalence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) has grown worldwide. In the past decade, 24 percent more adults have developed this disease.
For public health authorities to issue a bulletin about the rise in the prevalence of PAD without suggestion of its cause or cure is purely irresponsible.
You may know PAD by its symptoms: painful legs when walking, cramps in your hip, thigh or calf muscles, leg weakness, coldness in your leg or foot, sore on your legs that won’t heal, hair loss on legs, shiny skin on your legs, weak pulse in your legs or feet, or erectile dysfunction in males.
Don’t be misled into thinking the arteries in your legs are narrowing which causes PAD. It is calcification that stiffens legs arteries, not soft waxy cholesterol.
Be wary of aspirin commonly prescribed to prevent blood clots associated with peripheral artery disease as aspirin like tobacco use, a major risk factor for PAD, both deplete vitamin C, which is a major antidote to the problem. Other blood thinning drugs may also be prescribed like warfarin and Coumadin, but these medicines deplete vitamin K and result in calcifications.
Supplemental vitamin C and E are also recommended in cases of PAD. Vitamin C (500-1000 mg) should be consumed 2-3 times a day to maintain optimal blood levels. Vitamin C should be considered first-line treatment for PAD.
A person with peripheral artery disease should not be under the false assumption that arteries but not veins are involved in this disease. Venous disease accompanies PAD. Citrus peel extract (diosmin/Daflon) has been shown to strengthen weakened leg veins. ©2013 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.