​This Amazonian Population Proves Just How Unhealthy American Life Really Is

If you ever feel that the demands of modern life have made it too difficult for you to maintain a concerted, heart-healthy lifestyle, the results of a new study published in The Lancet may provide some validation to your feelings. The study found that a small group of pre-industrial, indigenous people in the Amazon, known as the Tsimane, “have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date.”

According to the study’s summary, the research was conducted in order to understand the benefits of a pre-industrial lifestyle on cardiovascular health. The Tsimane are a community of people who subsist on hunting, gathering, fishing, and farming—a stark contrast to the day-to-day life of most anyone living in the United States.
And, frankly, that difference proved to be quite beneficial to the Tsimane people. Their active, forager-horticulturalist lifestyle has allowed them to achieve “a lifetime with very low LDL, low blood pressure, low glucose, normal body-mass index, no smoking, and plenty of physical activity.” Meanwhile, someone living in the United States is five times more likely to suffer from hardened arteries than a member of the Tsimane population.These findings shouldn’t come as a complete shock. The unhealthy habits of American living are well-known at this point. But knowing how to live a healthier life and actually doing it are two very different things. If you’ve ever been looking for a reason why you should trash the cigarettes, hit the gym, and change up your diet, then hopefully an entire population of people is enough to show you the long-term benefits of switching things up.

Source: This Amazonian Population Proves Just How Unhealthy American Life Really Is

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