Interesting find here. The first human in history with diagnosed coronary artery disease.
From the brief:
The Egyptian princess Ahmose-Meryet-Amon, who lived in Thebes (Luxor) between 1580 and 1550 BC and who is now known to be first person in human history with diagnosed coronary artery disease, lived on a diet rich in vegetables, fruit and a limited amount of meat from domesticated (but not fattened) animals. Wheat and barley were grown along the banks of the Nile, making bread and beer the dietary staples of this period of ancient Egypt. Tobacco and trans-fats were unknown, and lifestyle was likely to have been active.
What was amusing for me was the shock the investigators had:
If, however, the princess enjoyed a diet deemed to be healthy and pursued a lifestyle probably active, how could this “disease of modern life” affect her so visibly? Dr Thomas and his co-principal investigator Dr Adel Allam of Al Azhar University,
The modern recommendations for preventing heart disease are to cut out meats, eat plenty of whole grains and vegetables, eliminate toxins like smoking and the such and reduce stress.
Yet the Egyptian diet, was the first of its kind as it included plenty of grains, vegetables and fruits, limited meat. The princess wasn’t smoking, and probably wasn’t too stressed (she was a princess after all) and yet she was found with massive calcification in her arteries.
How do the investigators deal with this?
So it’s likely that her diet was not that of the common Egyptian. As a royal, she would have eaten more luxury foods — more meat, butter and cheese. Moreover, foods were preserved in salt, which may also have had an adverse effect.
Give me a fucking break.