Originally Posted by John1960
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - You can't blame this one on McDonald's: Researchers have found signs of heart disease in 3,500-year-old mummies.
"We think of it as being caused by modern risk factors," such as fast food, smoking and a lack of exercise, but the findings show that these aren't the only reasons arteries clog, said Dr. Randall Thompson, a cardiologist at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City.
Don't blame fast food: Mummies had heart disease
I believe I read somewhere that tooth abscesses can cause heart disease. Tooth decay were very prevalent in ancient egypt which was a country which depended a on grain as a [primary source of food. In fact, on of the big shot mummies showed that the cause of death was a bad tooth abscess (wish I could remember who it was).
Common people were not normally mummified. This was a privilege reserved for only the most important and rich. Like any culture, it is the people who can afford the most processed and rich foods that get the diseases associated with excesses and indulgence.
Also heart disease can be genetic. All of the big shots in ancient egypt were related, in fact one of them even married his sister. yow. That kind of inbreeding would certainly acerbate any type of tendency toward genetic based disease.