National Geographic : 1927 Apr
Telltale I wonder how old she really is. young as she Arteries known. But it is not generally known that either defective arteries or high blood pressure may be responsible for serious changes which occur in heart, kidneys and brain. High blood pressure is not a disease. It is a definite indication that something is wrong somewhere in the body. Sometimes high blood pressure and diseased arteries are caused by focal infection in head or body; sometimes by poisons -the left-overs of previous infectious disease which were neglected and never completely eliminated; sometimes by overweight or over work or unhappy mental conditions-worry, fear, anger, hate, anxiety. Your doctor can find out in a few minutes whether or not your blood pressure is normal for your age-whether or not your arteries are healthy. There is no way for you to judge your condition. Thanks to sound advice of physicians, thousands AOTED physician s r "The and thousands of men and women have been Ean who conceals her age is a p lic saved from acute or chronic trouble by remov woman who conceals her age is a public ing the cause. Others, who have benefactor. Age is not a matter of years found the cause past correction ( but of tissue changes. While she keeps her body sound t he abuse past correctio d h -as it sometimes is-have lived /' and spirit young, she is young." -as is e is l 1 anspit young, se is young. to old age with hardened arteries, r,.. l If you have associated with persons past 50 or high blood pressure, or both, be- t: t-i 60, you may have listened to much solemn talk cause they learned how to live about arteries -well intended, but mostly un- eating, working, exercising wisely true. For example, "old as your arteries," "old and in moderation. as you look," "old as you feel," being part- e, wtet truths are swallowed whole or rejected entirely. Above all, know the truth Have your blood pressure read once a 1 That arteries which become thick and brittle year at least. Keep well, keep may bring an abrupt ending to life is generally happy, keep young. Among 16.700 Metropolitan policyholders re- normal was more than twice that of persons of cently examined, 2,150 were found to be more approximately average weight. than 20 per cent overweight; 6,900 had defec- i' tive teeth with suspected focal infection; 4,370 The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company had enlarged, septic or buried tonsils; 1,190 had will gladly mail you, without cost, its booklets high blood pressure which might have been "Overweight" which tells how to reduce weight attributed to one or more of the above, or to safely, and "Blood Pressure" which gives in other causes. teresting information regarding the simplicity and meaning of a blood pressure test. Send It was found that the number of overweight for them. ' persons who showed a blood pressure above HALEY FISKE, President. Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." o1927 M. L. . . I don't believe she is as looks."