By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – Most people believe that their future health is dependent largely on their genetics. Our genetic predispositions are indeed inherited from our parents and their parents and so on. This is the reason that doctors ask for family medical history. As such, many people believe that if their parents were overweight, obese or had some chronic disease that they will suffer the same fate. Is this really true?
Experts now believe that only five percent of the possible risks of developing the most common chronic diseases like heart disease, brain health, autoimmune and weight problems are actually directly due to our genes. The other ninety-five percent of risk is the result of how your genes interact with our overall environment. The truth is that we can turn on health promoting genes and avoid triggering disease-promoting genes with correct diet and lifestyle choices and radically improve our health.
Scientists now agree that it is not our genes, but rather our environment, mainly diet and lifestyle, which influences our individual genetic expression and is the major determining factor in our health and longevity. This new field of study is known as epigenetics.
This means that there are environmental influences that are congruent with our bodies and there are many that are not. The more positive influences we promote and the more negative influences we avoid while providing for our basic physiological requirements, the better our health and wellbeing will be and the greater our potential longevity.
Further, at least one study has shown that unhealthy gene expression can be reversed and that the subsequent healthy genetic expression can pass down to future generations without any changes in their genetic code. The change noted continued for a generation or two before starting to revert.
“There are many important implications here that need to be examined further. We are particularly interested in what the epigenetic effects of diet and lifestyle are, how it has and is affecting our current population and how it will affect the future obesity and disease risk of future generations,” according to Tom Griesel, co-author of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust.
Griesel adds, “We need to reverse the obesity and chronic disease epidemics we are currently experiencing if we want to ensure the health of ourselves, our children and grandchildren. These new studies show promise that it is indeed possible. No one needs to be trapped in an obese or unhealthy body. Genetic expression can be favorably influenced by diet and lifestyle and now we are seeing evidence that those traits can be passed along. We all need to take responsibility for our health and wellbeing now because future generations depend on it.”