A lot of people think their genetic makeup decides how healthy or sick they will be.

This is, however, a big misconception.

Science shows that our genes only contribute 10-20% of the risk (Willett WC, 2002). Environmental factors which includes diet and life-style are the main contributors to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other major causes of death. While we can’t change our genes, we can however change the genetic expression of our genes.

Even if we could change our genes, we would still need to pay attention to what we eat, and the type of physical activity we engage in, because these are the important factors deciding how we will feel and function as we get older. These are also the factors which affect how long we may live.

When we know that, does it not make sense to set up an effective plan of action?

It does, and it can be done without much trouble, if you go about it in a well proven way. A program based on science which explains the most important steps to take can be very helpful.

When you do that, you can incorporate habits you can live with that produce lifelong benefits.

You have a lot of control when it comes to your health. Make the right choice.


Willett WC1. Balancing life-style and genomics research for disease prevention. Science. 2002 Apr 26;296(5568):695-8.
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  • Author: Didrik Sopler
  • Published: 2020-03-28
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