Why does angiogenesis matter?
Angiogenesis, the process of forming new blood vessels, is important because these blood vessels deliver necessary oxygen to the body. In this video, William Li, MD, a specialist in angiogenesis, explains this and more.
There are common threads that link health and disease. And if we learn to think about our bodies
from the process that keeps us healthy we're able to anchor our thinking scientifically, medically from a research perspective as well
as a practice perspective into what we need to do to keep those healthy systems functioning in the right way.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Angiogenesis is the process our bodies
use to grow blood vessels. It's actually a critical process because every cell and organ
in our body needs to have oxygen. And that's what blood vessels do, they bring the oxygen that we breathe in,
and they deliver it to all of our cells so we can stay alive and healthy. On the other hand, when there are problems in balancing angiogenesis,
we have either too many blood vessels or not enough. The important implication of angiogenesis
is that this is a common denominator in not only health, but it's also a common denominator in disease, cancer,
heart disease, stroke, blindness, obesity, diabetes. The list goes on.
But these are really the major cripplers and killers of society today. And I ask myself what if, what if this area of angiogenesis
would give us the clues to be able to conquer those unbeatable diseases? And while I started 20 years ago focusing on angiogenesis
as a common denominator of disease what I've now realized is that angiogenesis is even more important as a common denominator in health.
So we can keep our bodies angiogenesis systems functioning, healthy and angiogenesis
could be like the immune system, inflammatory system, the blood clotting system. And be one of those hallmark systems of the body that
allow us to stay healthy. And that's the message that I think we can start to communicate and translate into people
who are healthy and keep them from going to the doctor's office.
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