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Mummies Had Clogged Arteries
March 11, 2013

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Ancient people had clogged arteries, scientists have found.

According to a study led by a California neurobiologist, the mummies of people from ancient America, Egypt, and Peru showed evidence of atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries. The study, which utilized the kind of CT scans used on King Tut and other famous past Egyptians, analyzed 137 mummies in all and found strong evidence of calcium deposits that caused the artery-hardening. The oldest of the mummies was 4,000 years old.

The study, published in The Lancet, could suggest that hardened arteries aren't necessarily entirely the product of the modern Western diet, full of food high in fat and sugar but that heart disease may very well be an unavoidable by-product of the human aging process. In particular, the study revealed the same kind of atherosclerosis across the spectrum of mummies, no matter where the people lived and of what their diet consisted.

Scientists couldn't say for sure, however, whether the atherosclerosis was a cause of death.

The study confirms similar findings in other Egyptian mummies, but it was the first study to match findings from mummies found elsewhere in the world.

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