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Horse and Buggin' Me

Horse and Buggin' Me

First, they escaped skyrocketing gas prices earlier this year by riding around in horse-drawn buggies. Then news comes out that some Amish can drink 729 calorie milkshakes with little to no affect on their triglycerides (a type of fat that circulates in the blood) levels.

Totally not fair. Scientists have found that the group of people least likely to order a McFlurry in a McDonald's drive-thru have a gene mutation that makes them less susceptible to heart disease. Approximately 5% of the Amish population, a group that shuns technology and has minimal contact with the outside world, possess this mutation.

High triglyceride levels lead to a hardening of the arteries, which raises the risk of a heart attack or stroke, and this often is a consequence of eating a high-fat diet.  So, while we're cutting back on cheeseburgers, Amos and Zebediah are laughing all the way to the barn raising. Argh!

Oh well. We can't pick our own genetics (for now at least). All we can do is maintain a healthy, low-fat diet and be thankful that this new genetic discovery will likely lead scientists to come up with innovate new solutions for treatment. [Reuters]

—Joy Hepp

Posted: 12/12/08

I often wonder if more people could adopt that lifestyle. What would life be like if we all lived like the Amish?