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Genetics Load the Gun, Lifestyle Pulls the Trigger

What is lifestyle? Lifestyle is the choice of how you live your life on a daily basis. It is what you choose to eat, do, and how you choose to interact with others and your environment. It includes stress management, sleep hygiene, and how we tend to our emotional needs. We make these choices daily; sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not. Often, it is not just one lifestyle choice that matters, but a series of choices over time causing a disease to result.

Genetics are fixed. You cannot remove the DNA you were born with, but you can influence how your genes interact and function in your body. Think of genetics as a light switch that you can turn off and on based on the lifestyle choices you make. You may carry a genetic predisposition to obesity, but you’re not destined to a life of diabetes unless the choices you make along the way support such an outcome. You may carry the BRCA gene that predisposes you to breast cancer or have a close relative with history...

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