One in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries

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Every empire has a shelf life. For the United States I would say another 50 years. No more.

Dec 28, 2012 10:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

Deployment in a war zone is physically and emotionally demanding. There is a need for high caloric content to satisfy both demands. As a combat veteran and medic in Vietnam, we ate whatever was provided in c ration cans which tended to be high in fat and calories. Looking back, food was not only necessary for the rigors of combat but was a comfort to us.

Dec 29, 2012 9:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
catch22iam wrote:

Some what poorly written title. The rates are LOWER that what was found during the Korean conflict {77%), and also better that the one did from the Viet Nam conflict.(50%).

But as the article points out. These are all service persons that v0lunteered to serve. Results may be scewed as they may not represent a true cross section of the study population.

Still, an encouraging sign.

Dec 29, 2012 10:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
Wakepi wrote:

This is not a new phenomenon. Same in Vietnam.

“Coronary Artery Disease in Combat Casualties in Vietnam”
J. Judson McNamara, MC,; Mark A. Molot, MC; John F. Stremple, MC;
Robert T. Cutting, MC
JAMA. 1971;216(7):1185-1187. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180330061012.

I’m sure you will find this in every war.

Dec 29, 2012 10:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
Kalamere1 wrote:

I was watching all the Union Protests on TV. I saw at least 75 out of 100 Union workers who were obese. Please do a study of Union workers and tell me what is the percentage of cologged arteries in their group.
From empirical evidence it seems clogged arteries are more prevalent in Union workers.

Dec 29, 2012 11:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
RegisteredRep wrote:

Ever hear of “Stress Related” Heart Disease? Yep? It’s sure a Scooby Doo Mystery why 1 in 12 Military Personnel under deployment, who lose 30% of their body weight on average during the deployment, who were not overweight to begin with,(we’re talking 10% or less body fat), who are kept in 6 months after deployment to get their weight back up, so they don’t look like WWII Death Camp Survivors. Yep….that sure was money well spent… Thank You Mr. President, and members of the House and Senate. I could not have figured that out for my self.

Dec 29, 2012 1:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse

OK, this is not new. A similar study was made of Korean War cadavers with similar results, reported in the 1950s. I asked a question that stumped the instructor: What was the proportion among soldiers who had not perished on the battlefield? Those clogged arteries could be part of the cause.

Dec 29, 2012 11:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Vikingsoftpaw wrote:

A great number of soldiers in the U.S. Military are from southern extraction. White people also eat Soul Food, it’s not exactly easy on the arteries.

Dec 30, 2012 2:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
actionpc wrote:

Thanks to fast food (McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Burger King, Chili’s, etc)

Dec 30, 2012 8:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
LtScrounge wrote:

This article is woefully lacking in information because I wouldn’t be afraid to hazard a guess that the doctors conducting the study didn’t have the information needed to make a logical conclusion. Basically, there are SOOOOO many variables to be considered that the people doing the study may not have had at their disposal for them to be able to make a viable conclusion. Here’s an example. Was the individual full time active duty, a reservist, or a national guardsman? With the number of reservists and national guardsmen activated for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, odds are good that a greater number of RC soldiers were among those deployed than the 8.25% indicated as having a potential health problem. RC service members are every day Americans who are normally only on active duty for 39 days of the year. We had a 60 yr old Arizona National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan a few years ago. Anyone wanna bet he wasn’t in the same shape as a 19 yr old Army Ranger? This study is just a waste of tax dollars unless they take this kind of information into consideration. To bother publishing a report on it without bringing up these inadequacies is just poor reporting. Yes, the study does bring up some questions, but those are discussed. For that matter, how many hard charging patriotic vegans does anyone see out there?

Dec 30, 2012 4:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dahc wrote:

This article is ridiculous. Stress is the main problem with these deaths. Okay, if you want to get technical about it, lets say that their bodies are undergoing constant stressful conditions affecting their ability to digest properly so yeah …

Dec 30, 2012 6:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
possibilianP wrote:

Foods made from animal remains contain cholesterol. Foods from plants do not. I’m not saying plant foods like sugars and fats (i.e. olive oil) aren’t dangerous because the body makes cholesterol and triglycerides from them. I’m just stating the facts. We’d all be healthier if we quit eating so damn much meat and meat fats as well as sugars and processed foods.

Dec 30, 2012 8:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bou wrote:

Everyone has this. we just don’t all get an autopsy at 26.
Isn’t that obvious?

Dec 30, 2012 8:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Stress causes blocked arteries.
Those repeated long term deployments are killing our troops.

Dec 30, 2012 9:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Fried food, fried food, fried food, in the cheapest saturated cooking oil known.
You can tell from the patchey-red and crater-faced, skin on these service people that something’s wrong in their diet. I know steamed french fries aren’t the answer but atleast use a less fatty cooking oil.

Dec 31, 2012 1:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
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