Everyone wants to blame McDonald’s and their Super-Sized fries for America’s obesity problem. Luckily for me, I can now eat the 550 calorie Big Mac knowing that my eating habits are not the culprit for my clogged arteries. It has always been thought that heart disease was caused by unhealthy lifestyles, but thanks to science, McDonald’s is in the clear–for now.
In a recent scientific study it was found that 137 mummies, from four different regions, were CT scanned and results from these scans showed that the mummies had calcified plaque in the walls of their arteries. The testing of all 137 mummies proved that statistically, a person living thousands of years ago, is just as like to have a cardiovascular disease as those alive today.
Dr. Greg Thomas, cardiologist and senior member of the study, concluded that:
“We’ve oversold the ability to stop heart disease. We can slow it down, but to think we can prevent it is unrealistic.”
For more on this subject, check out Nature.com’s article Mummies reveal that clogged arteries plagued the ancient world, or check out Dr. Thomas’ findings at The Lancet. (You have to pay to read more than the first few paragraphs.)