Greasy steak fries, cigarettes and wide-screen HDTV's didn't tempt our ancient ancestors back in the day, but recent CT scans of 137 antique mummies found they had coronary artery disease anyway.
So much for the Paleo Diet!
One in three of the mummies from Egypt, Peru, the American Southwest and Alaska had heart disease, according to research published in the Lancet by a team of physicians, biologists and anthropologists. Even hunter-gatherers from the Aleutian Islands, who subsisted on berries and a heart-healthy marine diet, were not immune.
This might suggest a healthy lifestyle and healthy environment can't prevent heart disease; clogged arteries are just a natural part of the aging process.
But don't reach for the donuts just yet! Doctors urge us to maintain good nutrition and exercise habits and, if you're on blood-pressure and cholesterol meds, keep taking them. If you don't, atherosclerosis could set in that much sooner! Read more in the Los Angeles Times and listen to NPR interview with cardiologist Randall Thompson.
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