Archaeologists have found evidence of atherosclerosis in ancient mummies


The study of ancient mummies found that, in the distant past, mankind has suffered from atherosclerosis. It turns out that a direct connection between the development of the disease and unhealthy lifestyle of modern people do not exist.

Details of the results of research conducted by an international team of experts from the U.S., Britain and Egypt, have been published in the medical publication Lancet.

Previously, scientists had occasion to find in ancient Egyptian mummies symptoms of atherosclerosis, but in most cases these were members of the nobility who have this disease may develop because of the regular use of gourmet food. In order to eliminate the influence of random factors of this kind, the authors have studied a number of mummies from different regions of the Earth.

Scientists have analyzed all 137 mummies, the average age of each mummy was approximately 4,000 years old. Most of them have been found in Egypt, the rest coming from regions such as Peru, southwestern United States and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. As it turned out, a third of them (34%) have been signs of atherosclerosis of varying severity.

This could be detected by computed tomography vessels mummies. In areas where vessels are not preserved, experts were seen calcium deposits. Statistically, the presence of atherosclerosis mummies has been shown to be associated exclusively with the age of the mummified person, but not with his sex or culture.

The authors believe that this is proved by the fact that atherosclerosis is directly related to the aging process, while the lifestyle main cause of its development is not.

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