Originally Posted by magstphil
Not only that but the Eskimos (the correct term being Inuits I believe...) live in some pretty extreme conditions. Their bodies evolved to their surroundings where most of us 1) don't live in such extreme weather and 2) aren't immediately from that lineage.
Indeed, poor sanitation, wars, accidents, and other factors outside diets contributed to a short lifespan in the past.
However, the arctic explorer V. Steffanson studied the Eskimos, and was able to examine some old church records which he wrote about in his book, "Cancer: A Disease of Civilization?"
I was able to find a couple of references to the figures in his book:"Records kept by the Russian Church for the Aleutians and the Moravian Mission for the Labrador Eskimos, in fact, record a fair number of natives who reached the ages of 70 and occasionally 80."
Chris Masterjohn posted an excerpt from the book on a blog entry Dr. Fuhrman wrote called "Are the Inuit Healthy?" Scroll down to From V. Steffanson, Cancer: A Disease of Civilization?
and he has the breakdown of age at death, but not how they died (although Steffanson found they hardly ever died of cancer).
Jeez, I've tried posting this about five times! The server's been busy. Hopefully it'll go through this time.