n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - An ancient disease : editor's comment

Volume 31, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Much of the current controversy around diet and health is based on the idea that atherosclerotic disease is a modern disease of lifestyle. We eat too much fat, smoke and drink too much and take too little exercise - and our arteries clog up and we die of cardiovascular disease. In fact, in modern times, we tend to die of cardiovascular disease in extreme old age - something that many proponents of a 'healthy' lifestyle conveniently ignore. Now, research into the prevalence of atherosclerosis in ancient times suggests that it is far from a modern disease, and that it appears to be a marker of old age.

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