A report by the Bioscience Resource Project has decided it’s time to call a spade a spade and face the facts. Despite spending millions of dollars looking to find “the gene/s” that decree your destiny, not much has really been found. A couple of candidates have been spotted, but nothing definitive for a rather long list of modern day maladies, including heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes, and disorders such as autism, ADHD and dementia, as well as mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.
Diabetes is not in your genes it is on your dinner plate
So its official, the so called Western diseases are overwhelmingly determined by lifestyle. Lifestyle including what you do and of course what you don’t do, so diet, exercise, consumption of nicotine and alcohol etc.
So what does this mean for you and me ?
In some ways it comes as a relief, especially if you take a look at the family and don’t particularly like what you see. It wasn’t all signed, sealed and delivered the moment the sperm and egg fused together in your conception. You’ve been left with a huge amount of “control” over your destiny and you’re not just riding a genetic rollercoaster.
Of course, this now leaves you with an enormous responsibility to do the right stuff to protect your overall health.
So what is the right stuff ?
Well, the basics like move a bit, don’t booze it up or smoke like a chimney are not contentious. But there is probably a little more wiggle room on what to “eat”.
Getting the 7 Big Spoons™ right is probably quite a good place to start. And even these can only serve as a basic guideline, because your genes may not be causing the disease per se, but your genes are definitely interacting with your lifestyle. So, what works for one person may not necessarily work for the next person.
So what should you do ?
Stop blaming your problems on your genes. You may have inherited a predisposition for a problem but it isn’t a signed and sealed contract. Find out what you need to do to avoid/manage the problem ……………………… then do something ! Even small changes can shift the odds.
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