The unhealthy lifestyle of modern man often has been accused of the development of various diseases, but a research shows that people who lived more than 3,000 years ago have suffered from the same disease.
According to the Daily Mail, scientists have studied the remains of 76 Egyptians who lived more than 3,000 years ago, 51 Peruvian who lived from 600 to 2000 years ago, five American Indians who lived 1600 years ago, a small group of Mongolian lived 500 years ago and five residents of the Aleutian Islands lived 150 years ago.
Computer tomography of their bodies showed that they all suffered from heart disease. And more – the scientists have found signs of atherosclerosis – narrowing of the arteries due to cholesterol accumulation, which is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
According to Director of the Medical Center Long Beach Memorial, Dr. Gregory Thomas, who led the study, only the ancient Egyptians were wealthy enough to eat fat food, but atherosclerosis was found among ordinary representatives of the four other cultures whose bodies were dried in conditions of very hot or cold climate.
But the causes of atherosclerosis of the representatives of these nations differ significantly from the modern, noted the researchers. For the occurrence of this disease are not „guilty“ the foods with a high content of fat, the smoking or the obesity, but the recurrent infections, parasites, and the effects of inhaling smoke from the fires in the homes at that time.
The researchers said, that the results show that people are genetically predisposed to atherosclerosis.
„This discovery shows that obesity, poor diet and smoking – are not the main causes of this disease – says Gregory Thomas. There is a surprising similarity in the amount and distribution of atherosclerotic calcification and fat between the ancient Egyptians and modern Americans of the same age. Though in ancient Egypt there was no tobacco, the Egyptians were more active than current Americans and in their diets were not available products that are used today in the United States.
The scientists believe that the data from a study published in the journal „Global Heart“, will help doctors understand the unknown causes of atherosclerosis and create entirely new methods of treatment and prevention.