X-Message-Number: 13425
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000 07:49:40 -0500
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: CryoNet #13419 - #13424

One reason so few people died of heart disease:

About the lack of heart disease in primitive peoples: it is important
here to look at the ages at which they died, and their reasons for

It is only quite recently that most people started living to ages
more than 50 or so. Yes, a few people did live for much longer,
but they hardly made any effect on either the population or the
statistics of that population.

Basically I strongly suspect that Skrecky will find out a very simple
reason why heart disease has not been prominent among primitive 
peoples: they all died some time before they could normally develop
heart disease in the first place. It's important, in any case, that
if we go around looking at the reasons for death of people (say)
100 or 200 years ago, we also look at their AGES of death --- normally
much less than the ages we see people dying now. 

		Best and long long life to all,

			Thomas Donaldson

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