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Don't Blame Fast Food: Mummies Had Heart Disease

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posted on Nov, 17 2009 @ 05:52 PM
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Don't Blame Fast Food: Mummies Had Heart Disease


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Researchers have found signs of heart disease in 3,500-year-old mummies.

He and several other researchers used CT scans, a type of X-ray, on 22 mummies kept in the Egyptian National Museum of Antiquities in Cairo. The subjects were from 1981 B.C. to 334 A.D. Half were thought to be over 45 when they died, and average lifespan was under 50 back then.

Sixteen mummies had heart and blood vessel tissue to analyze. Definite or probable hardening of the arteries was seen in nine.
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See Heart Disease in Egyptian Mummies in ScieneDaily for more detailed information.

[edit on 17-11-2009 by fraterormus]




posted on Nov, 17 2009 @ 05:52 PM
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This is pretty big medical news.

56% of all mummies tested that had existing tissue for analysis showed the same vascular calcification as modern man. Out of those 16, only one showed signs of having suffered a Heart-Attack.

Granted, all the mummies used were from Pharoanic courts, and none of the eldest mummies tested were positive for vascular calcification, but it still is significant as it redefines our understanding of the effects of diet and intake of cholesterol and it's role in Heart Disease.


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[edit on 17-11-2009 by fraterormus]



posted on Nov, 17 2009 @ 06:34 PM
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No, it's the meat and milk in their diets same as today. It's the cholesterol and improperly prepared foods. Same then same now.



posted on Nov, 17 2009 @ 08:24 PM
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wrong!
meat has protien, its good for you.



posted on Nov, 17 2009 @ 09:31 PM
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From the article ""Rich people ate meat, and they did salt meat, so maybe they had hypertension (high blood pressure), but that's speculation," Thompson said.
With modern diets, "we all sort of live in the Pharaoh's court," said another of the researchers, Dr. Samuel Wann of the Wisconsin Heart Hospital in Milwaukee."

The ones who were mummified were the richest, therefore they had the best food. Probably meats with high fat. And those people weren't out fishing or building, they were living in luxury. So more food, less exercise. This doesn't mean fast food is all to blame. It just proves that lifestyle is.



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