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(Heart) attack of the mummy: Ancient Egyptians and heart disease

November 13, 2012

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“Eat lots of grains, fruits, and vegetables and avoid red meat for better health” is what most nutritionists today would say for people to live a healthier life. In fact, this is what the Ancient Egyptians did. So why then did they suffer from illnesses that they shouldn’t have had, like heart disease, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and bad teeth?

According to an article from The New York Times, the DNA analysis of the mummy of Hatshepsut, a queen of Egypt who ruled around 3500 years ago, showed that she was overweight, had bad teeth, probably had diabetes, and died of bone cancer. CT scans of 22 other Egyptian mummies showed that many of them had a hardening of the arteries.


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How was this possible? The ancient Egyptian diet did not include artificial sweeteners, coloring, and flavors; preservatives; or other harmful chemical substances that are now attributed to heart disease which is rampant in today’s world. In fact, the ancient Egyptians ate whole wheat bread, fish, nuts, grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. They did not eat much meat, because to them, animals were valued more for the work they do than for the meat they provide. Food rich in carbohydrates and fiber should have made them healthy and strong.


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This means that even with technological advances in modern medicine, there is still much that healthcare practitioners have to discover.


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