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Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?

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Question: Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?

Answer: Many have pointed to Elvis Presley's prodigious eating habits -- consuming pounds of greasy, fatty foods at one sitting, including his infamous fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches -- as possible contributing factors in his death. However, Elvis' own personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, has stated that the singer had no evidence of cardiovascular disease at the time of death (even though it would have been personally advantageous to make such a claim), and the autopsy bears him out. Although over 40, Elvis had only been putting on weight for seven years or so, and life-threatening cardiovascular disease would have been an anomaly.

We do know that Presley suffered from an elarged colon from his bad dietary habits, however, as well as suffering from the onset of glaucoma and a chronic insomnia that had followed him around for years. Recent medical analysis suggests Elvis may have also suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, about which more is known today. None of these conditions, together or separately, could have been considered a real threat to Presley's life.

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