This week the IOA welcomed Visiting Scholar, Michael Gurven, PhD, professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he focuses his research in human social behavior and life history evolution. Dr. Gurven’s talk, titled “Is Cardiovascular Disease a Human Inevitability? Insights from the Bolivian Amazon,” is a result of his professional background in anthropology and personal interest in human health, particularly aging.
Holding the number one spot on the list of causes of death for men and women across the United States and in Europe as well, one of the most common aging-related health concerns is cardiovascular disease. This includes angina, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and atherosclerosis. Dr. Gurven’s presentation focused primarily on whether the small, horticultural populations that he studies, such as the Tsimane of Bolivia, suffer form the same risk factors and aspects of heart disease as individuals in other areas such as the U.S. and Europe.
Get an overview of of Dr. Gurven’s findings here:
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