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Growing up in a high altitude area may lower chronic disease risk [message #287] Thu, 23 April 2020 23:11 Go to next message
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SOURCE-https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/23/health/high-altitu de-lower-chronic-disease-risk-wellness-scn/index.html
Living near the Tibetan Plateau, often referred to as "The Roof of the World," may have more benefits than scenic pleasure.

A new study has found that humans native to high-altitude areas may have a lower risk for chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes-associated anemia -- and the reason why may have to do with the way their bodies have adapted to living with less oxygen.
The research, which published Thursday in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, found that the Mosuo people who live near the Tibetan Plateau in Central and East Asia have very different chronic disease risk, possibly due to genetic adaptations to prevent hypoxia, a condition where the body's tissues are deprived of a sufficient supply of oxygen from the air.
Re: Growing up in a high altitude area may lower chronic disease risk [message #291 is a reply to message #287] Fri, 24 April 2020 09:35 Go to previous message
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Interesting topic! People adapted to the high-altitude environment have higher blood flow, due dilation of their blood vessels, which can increase oxygen delivery, even if their blood oxygen content is low and this lower the risk for hypertension and other diseases. Moreover they have also lost a mechanism that normally increases red blood cell production in response to low blood oxygen, which protects them against dangerously high blood viscosity and this would also mitigate the risk for anemia that normally accompanies diabetes.
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