10. Age

Age

We’re all getting older. The aging we can’t prevent, but we can do our best to age well. The good news is, blood pressure tends to decrease naturally in old age, so that may be slightly less of a factor. When it comes to aging well, a lot of that comes down to diet and exercise. Both of these can have significant impacts on your body, because exercise will keep your body and mind sharp, improving the functions of your organs and your cognitive processes. A healthy diet will include antioxidants, which reduce the wear and tear your cells receive.

9. Gender

Gender

Generally speaking, aneurysms are more of a problem for women than for men. In fact, three women experience aneurysms for every two men that do. Unfortunately, on top of that, the aneurysms they do experience are also worse than those of men. This increased risk comes primarily as a result of bodily interactions and hormonal changes that affect women, such as pregnancy and menopause. They also have a higher risk of contributing factors, including irregular heartbeat, migraines, and cerebrovascular disorders (disorders dealing with the lining of the brain). While age is a larger factor, gender also plays a significant role.

8. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome refers to a phenomenon where one has exceptional elasticity and flexibility in their body parts. Most commonly, a person’s joints, skin, and blood vessels are heavily affected. At first, this might sound like a good thing, but it’s not without its drawbacks. The elastic nature of the skin, for example, makes it vulnerable to bruising, while joints and bones can dislocate. As for the blood vessels, becoming too elastic weakens them, which makes it possible for them to stretch out of shape, pressuring the surrounding tissue, resulting in an aneurysm, or even rupturing, resulting in a stroke.

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