Aneurysms: 8 Triggers and Risk Factors

The Mayfield Clinic describes an aneurysm as “a balloon-like bulge or weakening of an artery wall. As an aneurysm enlarges it puts pressure on surrounding structures, causing headache or vision problems, and may eventually rupture.”  A life-threatening and scary thing, how can you avoid an aneurysm? A recent study revealed the eight most common causes of aneurysms, with the two highest risk factors being drinking coffee and engaging in intense exercise.

Here are the eight most frequent aneurysm triggers, as well some simple tips to minimize these risk factors in your life:

1. Coffee Consumption: While there are many benefits to coffee, you should limit yourself to a few cups in the morning and cut yourself off after 3 pm.  Less caffeine in your body will also make you less jumpy, and therefore less easily startled.

2. Vigorous Physical Exercise: Physical exercise is a great way to stay in shape, but by no means does it have to be strenuous.  Simple things like walking or tai chi can give you all the health benefits without putting too much strain on your heart.

3. Soda Consumption: Soda is already a big culprit in bad health, so the sooner you eliminate it from your diet, the better.  If you still yearn to drink something sweet, try blending your own smoothies, which will provide you with a cool drink packed with nutrition.

4. Anger: While many people deal with anger, there are some healthy alternatives. Studies suggest controlling your blood sugar could help you remain calmer in times of anger, so if you feel your temper flaring up, try sucking on a lollypop before things get too heated.  If that fails, you can also try clenching your fists a few times, too.

5. Being Startled: While becoming a less jumpy person is easier said than done, if you sit or stand with your back near the wall, this position decreases your chance that something can surprise you from behind.

6. Straining During Defecation: If you find yourself constantly straining while going to the bathroom, a high-fiber diet may be exactly what you need.  Aside from keeping you regular, fiber can help you manage your weight, keep your cholesterol low and even cut your risk of diabetes.

7. Sexual Intercourse: A healthy sex life is important, but if you find yourself fatigued after sex, changing up your diet may be a smart move.  It may not sound particularly sexy to start eating more fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and whole grains, but making the effort to eat nutritious food will help to improve both the level of desire and quality of your sex life.

8. Blowing Your Nose: Seasonal allergies greatly impact how often you have to blow your nose. During hay fever season, try using a neti pot to keep your nostrils clean without having to blow your nose.

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