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Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle Minimizes Age-Related Disease

(Science Daily) Traditional "hunter-gatherer" and "horticulturalist" populations have significantly lower age-related increases in blood pressure and less risks of atherosclerosis than "modernized" populations…
"Surprisingly, heart disease and stroke aren't necessarily inevitable with age," said Michael Gurven, Ph.D…
"By focusing our attention on people with very different lifestyles from our own, we might better be able to understand that maintaining heart health is possible even as we age," [Daniel] Lemogoum said.
Lifestyle factors specific to hunters-gatherers might explain the minimal increases in blood pressure in the Tsimane and low atherosclerosis risks in the traditional Pygmies, the study authors said. The factors include: high physical activity, low stress levels and potentially protective diets high in fruits, vegetables and potassium and low in calories, salt and alcohol.
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