Food and Western Disease Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective

ISBN-10: 1405197714

ISBN-13: 9781405197717

Edition: 2010

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Description: The incidence of ′Western′ or ′modern′ diseases increases worldwide year-on-year with more evidence linking their aetiology with humans′ diets. This exciting new book looks at what we know about human evolution and disease in relation to the diets that humans enjoy now and prehistorically.The book commences with a look at evolutionary medicine and then covers what we know about the food available to humans in palaeolithic times, and its nutritional components. The major section of the book which follows, covers the main ′modern′ diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, overweight, dementia and hypertension. Aspects such as prevalance, relevant dietary factors and any prehistorical evidence for incidence are included for each condiditon. The book concludes with information covering risks associated with a palaeolithic diet, details concerning sustainable nutrition, and healthy eating.This important book provides an exciting and useful insight into this fascinating subject area and will be of great interest to nutritionists, dietitians and other members of the health professions. Evolutionary biologists and anthropologists will also find much of interest within the book. All university and research establishment where nutritional sciences, medicine, food science and biological sciences are studied and taught should have copies of this title. Subject of great current interest ′Western′ diseases cost billions of dollars worldwide annually Author well-respected for his work in this area Covers major diseases: heart disease, stroke, overweight, cancer, demetia and hypertension

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Book details

List price: $68.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 12/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Why do we get sick?
We are changing at pace with the continental drift
Are we adapted for milk and bread?
Expanding our perspective
The perspective of academic medicine
The concept of normality
Genetics
Dietary guidelines
Ancestral human diets
Available food
Nutritional composition
Modern diseases
Ischaemic heart disease (coronary heart disease)
Stroke
Atherosclerosis
Type 2 diabetes
Overweight and obesity
Insulin resistance
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Dyslipidaemia (blood lipid disorders)
Heart failure
Dementia
Cancer
Osteoporosis
Rickets
Iron deficiency
Autoimmune diseases
Risks with the Palaeolithic diet
Haemochromatosis
Iodine deficiency
Exaggerated drug effects
Viewpoint summary
Evolutionary medicine instead of vegetarianism?
Traditional populations are spared from overweight and cardiovascular disease
Insulin resistance is more than abdominal obesity and diabetes
Non-Europeans are affected the hardest
'Foreign' proteins in the food
Effects of an ancestral diet
The ancestral diet: a new concept
Healthy eating
Non-recommended foods?
Recommended foods
Variation
Compromises
Glossary
References
Index
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