We definitely shouldn’t look at these findings and use them as an excuse to avoid exercise or proper nutrition.
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TORONTO, ON (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Lean On Life, a leading healthy lifestyle website with the latest on weight loss, nutrition and fitness is encouraging the general public to focus on healthy eating and an active lifestyle in order to prevent heart disease. This advice comes in the wake of recent findings suggesting that an unhealthy lifestyle plays less of a contributor to heart disease as was previously thought.
A recent study published in The Lancet suggests that a healthy diet and active lifestyle may not play as big of a role as previously thought in terms of preventing clogged arteries. Lean On Life believes that, despite offering insight into heart disease from pre-industrial times, these findings should not discount newer research.
In the study, researchers wanted to see if atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) was prevalent in pre-industrial populations, or if it is a disease linked to a modern unhealthy lifestyle. The researchers took full CT scans of 137 mummies from four different geographic regions and examined their arteries.
Of the 137 mummies examined, the results showed atherosclerosis in 34% of the mummies. These findings suggest that the disease, which is linked to heart disease, was prevalent even in pre-industrial populations from around the world. The implications of the study suggest that causes of modern heart disease such as poor diet, smoking, or lack of activity may have less of an impact than previously believed.
Michelle Schiffman, Nutritionist and Lean Life Coach at Lean On Life, emphasizes that a healthy lifestyle still impacts heart health. “While these findings are fascinating and offer an incredible insight into the history of this disease, we should not take the findings at face value,” she says.
There are other factors that may play into the clogged arteries in the mummies. For instance, the smoke from frequent fires used for food and warmth could have led to atherosclerosis.
Despite the study’s results, a clean diet, physical activity, and healthy habits can still help reduce the chance of clogged arteries. “We definitely shouldn’t look at these findings and use them as an excuse to avoid exercise or proper nutrition,” Schiffman says. “We can’t just claim defeat to poor genetics.”
While certain health diseases are unavoidable and can be traced back throughout our history, they can still be prevented or mitigated by taking care of our health.
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