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Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are commonly believed to be rare among contemporary subsistence-level human populations, and by extension prehistoric populations. Although some caveats remain, evidence shows these diseases

Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are commonly believed to be rare among contemporary subsistence-level human populations, and by extension prehistoric populations. Although some caveats remain, evidence shows these diseases to be unusual among well-studied hunter-gatherers and other subsistence populations with minimal access to healthcare. Here we expand on a relatively new proposal for why these and other populations may not show major signs of these diseases.

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    • 2016-09-25
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1093/emph/eow028
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      2050-6201
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    Gurven, M. D., Trumble, B. C., Stieglitz, J., Blackwell, A. D., Michalik, D. E., Finch, C. E., & Kaplan, H. S. (2016). Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in evolutionary perspective: A critical role for helminths? Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2016(1), 338-357. doi:10.1093/emph/eow028

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