Heart Health: Lifestyle modifications that may help us improve it
Category: Health & Wellness
An interesting cross-sectional cohort study- “Coronary atherosclerosis in indigenous South American Tsimane” was recently released by the Lancet on March 17, 2017.
Chronically elevated hs-CRP, a high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, has been thought to offer some insight into whether or not an individual is at risk for developing coronary artery disease.
This study demonstrates that other variables are definitely at play when it comes to heart disease.
“Despite a high infectious inflammatory burden, the Tsimane, a forager-horticulturalist population of the Bolivian Amazon with few coronary artery disease risk factors, have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date. These findings suggest that coronary atherosclerosis can be avoided in most people by achieving a lifetime with very low LDL, low blood pressure, low glucose, normal body-mass index, no smoking, and plenty of physical activity. The relative contributions of each are still to be determined.”
Breaking this down- This study aims to demonstrate that although this populations (hs-CRP) levels are quite high, they still have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded today.
“Their lifestyle suggests that a diet low in saturated fats and high in non-processed fiber-rich carbohydrates, along with wild game and fish, not smoking and being active throughout the day could help prevent hardening in the arteries of the heart. The loss of subsistence diets and lifestyles could be classed as a new risk factor for vascular ageing and we believe that components of this way of life could benefit contemporary sedentary populations.” - Hillard Kaplan
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