I just spent the weekend discussing endothelial dysfunction, NO imbalance and the cardiovascular connection to MS and diseases of neurodegeneration with researchers. It's very real, and being looked at in labs around the globe. We're seeing many of the same environemntal risk factors, including increased serum levels of "bad" cholesterol, high C reactive protein and thrombin levels, lack of UV rays/sun exposure, processed food/trans fat diets, lack of exercise, smoking, endothelial dysfunction.
While we wait for all of the science to come in, it appears that doing "the things we can change" to improve cardiovascular health is a wise move. As Dr. Paula Grammas, Alzheimer's specialist, told me-- the connection to cardiovascular health begins decades before the disease manifests. The heart and brain are connected, and the endothelium connects them.
Here is the link to program and abstracts for the International Society of Neurovascular Disease (ISNVD) 4th annual conference. If there are any questions on these, come visit the CCSVI Forum to discuss. The science is moving forward.http://www.isnvdconference.org/program/ ... -book.html
lifestyle is an environmental factor that can be modified--