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  • If the Inuit diet was so healthy...

    Why was their lifespan so short? Same with other primal tribes. Or is this just CW trying to fight and argue the fact that fat is bad for you? Same with cavemen....are we POSITIVE their lifespans were so short because of disease?
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  • #2
    They were far from healthy.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Zach View Post
      They were far from healthy.
      How so? Besides when settlers traded with them and they were given sugar and things of the sort....

      I have a feeling you think fat will cause a heart attack too?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by btownshreds View Post
        How so? Besides when settlers traded with them and they were given sugar and things of the sort....

        I have a feeling you think fat will cause a heart attack too?
        No sun, too much vitamin a and no vitamin d, only had to eat excessive fat because no plants grow there. They looked haggard as hell. Certainly not healthy.

        The only plus side is that they ate the whole animal, so they got thyroid glands and other things in their diet.
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        • #5
          Most increases in lifespan among modern humans is due to the control of infectious disease and good trauma care.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
            Most increases in lifespan among modern humans is due to the control of infectious disease and good trauma care.
            Sort of, but mostly because childhood mortality is way down. We're certainly better at keeping people that should be dead alive, but the life expectancy when you factor out accidental deaths and childhood mortality probably isn't appreciably different than it was before modern medicine came around.

            A lot of what we've spent the last several hundred years curing, is the result of the last 500 or so years of backsliding. Sanitation wasn't much of an issue until we started living close enough together and having populations large enough to contaminate the water supply and spread diseases amongst ourselves. And even today, the most common fatal health conditions are things like heart disease that are largely preventable with proper diet and exercise.

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            • #7
              The Inuits were Asians of Mongolian background. They traveled to the Arctic when the Bering land bridge was dry. They followed the food out of necessity and many of the Inuits traditional home lands were inhabited and abandoned with regularity through the centuries. They are amazing people in that they could even survive there, but they did actually thrive. Lots of good seafood, berries, seaweed, shellfish, fatty land animals. Also smoky huts, dangerous lives, and cold injuries. It's not even worth comparing them to us.

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              • #8
                Two words: Infant mortality.

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                • #9
                  Inuit today that are returning to a more traditional diet are seeing diabetes and obesity drop in their communities. Was a Canadian study on it, methinks.
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                  • #10
                    Predating Russian contact, pretty sure they were healthy. Disease, modern foods and habits (sugar, flour, tobacco, alcohol etc) took a toll on many aboriginals and their longevity.

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                    • #11
                      Healthy or not; a harsh life close to the North Pole, freezing your balls off when eating seal intestines and frozen fish! Longevity under such conditions is not a good thing at all, so I’ll keep on to my tropical lifestyle with leaner cuts of meats and tasty fruits…
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Britt View Post
                        Inuit today that are returning to a more traditional diet are seeing diabetes and obesity drop in their communities. Was a Canadian study on it, methinks.
                        Living in Alaska (lifelong). The PCP (primary care providers) are urging, also encouraging native people to return to a more traditional diet. To curb type II diabetes and obesity, which they are susceptible to developing.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                          Healthy or not; a harsh life close to the North Pole, freezing your balls off when eating seal intestines and frozen fish! Longevity under such conditions is not a good thing at all, so I’ll keep on to my tropical lifestyle with leaner cuts of meats and tasty fruits…
                          High five to that!

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                          • #14
                            Diet composition probably had very little to do with it. Environmental mortality factors woulda been huge.


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                            • #15
                              A raw "life expectancy" number is meaningless in most any context, for reasons others outlined. When you consider that many small injuries or viruses could be fatal without modern medical care, it is easy to see where the number would be pretty low. No penicillin, no antibiotics of any kind, no knowledge of labor and delivery, etc.

                              Contrasting that to modern times; we have no developed the above to the point that accidents and chronic disease will get most of our citizens....so understanding how a culture subsisting on whales in sub-zero temps avoided these chronic diseases in their elderly almost entirely is very informative.
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