It is generally accepted that hunter-gatherer societies, and other less “Westernised” populations, exhibited superior health markers, such as body composition and physical fitness, when compared to Western populations.
Consider the following 12 comparative study findings regarding health markers:
1. Lower total blood cholesterol in primitive populations versus average American populations.
2. Lower blood pressure among hunter-gatherers. Optimal blood pressure values are less than 120/80,5 and the average blood pressure among huntergathers is 100-110 mmHg / 70-75 mmHg.
3. Lack of association between blood pressure and age in Yanomamo Indians6 compared to North Americans. Read more…
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