Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Otzi the"Ice Man" lactose intolerant and quite unhealthy


"Ötzi, the "ice man" who lived in the Bronze Age, and whose body was found in the Italian Alps in 1991, had brown hair and eyes and was lactose intolerant...

These characteristics emerge from the mummy's DNA analysis by the team of Albert Zink, who belongs to the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Italy.
MCM6 gene mutations indicate that he could not digest the lactose found in milk. "The change in farming [in Europe] only occurred between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and to digest the milk becomes an advantage," said Zink.

According to the researcher, Ötzi was also more likely to develop coronary heart disease.He was carrying a mutant gene that accounts for a 40% increase in the probability of having a cardiac risk.

In addition, your arteries, including the main aorta were calcified. A sign that they were clogged with fat."

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