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"Atherosclerosis is a modern disease" myth

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One notes that no one, including the authors of this study, is saying that lifestyle and diet are not important factors for the development of atherosclerotic heart disease. What they are saying is that atherosclerosis appears to be associated with aging and that the claims that mimicking paleolithic diets (which, one notes, were definitely not vegan) are overblown. In other words, there is a certain inherent risk of atherosclerosis that is related to aging that is likely not possible to lower further, with the study concluding:

In conclusion, atherosclerosis was common in four preindustrial populations, including a preagricultural hunter-gatherer population, and across a wide span of human history. It remains prevalent in contemporary human beings. The presence of atherosclerosis in premodern human beings suggests that the disease is an inherent component of human ageing and not characteristic of any specific diet or lifestyle.

(emphasis mine; It’s a part of my paleo fantasy, it’s a part of my paleo dream)

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A lot of things have more to do with aging than diet. Lets face you get old and things wear out. I'm not saying that diet isn't important a bad diet can make things worse.

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A lot of things have more to do with aging than diet. Lets face you get old and things wear out. I'm not saying that diet isn't important a bad diet can make things worse.

Yeap, agree on that. But the main message is that what some considers being modern diseases (cancer, atherosclerosis) is a myth.

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