The baby boomers are getting older, and it's not pretty. A lot of money is being spent on Botox, liposuction, plastic surgery and personal trainers. Ultimately, these efforts to continue to look good are, in part, doomed to failure. That is, they may be able to fight off the effects of aging on the outside, but they don't slow down aging on the inside. The fact is that you are as young as your blood vessels.
You are probably thinking, "I don't care how I look on the inside." But being young isn't just about looking good. It's about having a good chance of living for many years to come. And young, healthy blood vessels mean a lower risk for many of the most common causes of death — heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.
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