Evolving Health

Who doesn’t love to sleep? The trouble is that some of us don’t do it very well, but perhaps that can be improved with a better understanding of sleep through evolution....

We are all animals. It’s a fact that may be unsettling for some, but for others it is a fountain of understanding and of inspiration. Since 1859, thanks to Charles Darwin,...

What a Komodo dragon can teach us about energy balance

Credit: San Diego Zoo Try telling a Komodo dragon that physical activity doesn’t matter and that all one needs to do to lose weight is eat a diet lower in carbohydrates....

Female blue-eyed lemur What lessons can humans learn from our far distant prosimian primate cousins about living well and eating a healthy diet? This was the question on my mind as...

by Amanda Jensen*  Losing weight is an ambition with no end. To get fit, live longer, reduce injury, look better, feel better and sleep better will pave the road toward your...

Natural selection granted us large brains. The evolutionary cost is having to feed them. The human brain’s high-energy demands led to development of a strong preference for fat. We consume more...

Dr. Lindeberg weighing a Kitavan man.  While training in family medicine, Staffan Lindeberg, M.D., Ph.D., read a paper (published in 1985) in the New England Journal of Medicine that would alter the course of his future...

What would you change about your own naturally evolved, naturally flawed body? Would you choose genetics to avoid diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer? Would you enhance your brain to increase...

Panel of scientists debate on “What is Life?” Sometime between 4 and 3.5 billion years ago, the emergence of life had intense beginnings on a young planet in the midst of...

Sarah Tishkoff Most African populations have lactose intolerance, but as recently as 3 kya a few pastoral populations have gained the ability to digest milk, which provides evidence of yet another...