Can You Beat Your Bad Genes?
If you have a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer or other medical conditions, you are at a higher risk of developing these disease. Current science is not ready yet to change our genetic make up but there are ways to diminish the risk of suffering from diseases that run in one's family. Two recent publications demonstrate that in large , well designed scientific studies. In one study, investigators found that among male participants who had a parental history of early heart attack, participants whose lifestyles were healthier face a lower likelihood of developing heart failure. Usefulness of Desirable Lifestyle Factors to Attenuate the Risk of Heart Failure Among Offspring Whose Parents Had Myocardial Infarction Before Age 55 Years, Owais Khawaja, MD American Journal of Cardiology April 2012
Another study published in the journal Hypertension shows that physically fit people with a family history of high blood pressure were up to 34% less likely to develop high blood pressure than people who rarely exercised." Writing in the journal Hypertension, the researchers found that "People with a high level of physical fitness were 42% less likely to have high blood pressure and those with a moderate level of fitness were 26% less likely, compared to people with a low level of physical fitness. Among people with a parent with high blood pressure, those who were most physically fit had only a 16% higher risk of developing high blood pressure than those who were fit and had no family history of the disease."