If DNA demonstrated that you are bound to suffer from a genetic heart disease, don’t get sad. A healthy life can prevent the development of a genetic heart illness. A new study has provided data which demonstrated that leading a healthy life can help anyone suppress any genetic risk. A healthy life means no smoking, a lot of exercising and having a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, who is the director of the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, has argued that DNA does not define anyone destiny. DNA does not lie at the foundation of a disease. It depends on the patient whether the disease will evolve or not. Even if some people have portions of DNA indicating a predisposal to some genetic diseases, they do not need to panic.
They are the ones who can control everything. Their state of health lies in their hands. This study which was conducted by Dr. Kathiresan and his team has tried to use data meant to dissolve the lifestyle and the effects of genes in heart illnesses. The study was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine on November 13, coinciding with the results’ presentation for the annual meeting of the American Heart Association.
Every year, in the US, approximately 365,000 people die because of coronary heart illness. This seems to be the most common type of heart disease among Americans. Worldwide, this type of illness is considered to be the biggest killer, almost 17.3 million patients losing the fight with this condition. The specialists have unveiled that the genes can influence the increase of the risks, even doubling it.
However, a healthy lifestyle can always reduce those risks to half. What is more, a proper lifestyle is bound to eliminate almost half of the impacts of genetics. Dr. Michael Lauer, who is a cardiologist and a deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health, claimed that this study brought amazing results and an outstanding contribution to the field of medicine.
In one of the studies based on the healthy lifestyle idea, researchers have examined Americans with ages between 45 and 64. Those who showed the highest genetic risk can diminish the chances of heart disease to 5.1% from 10.7%.
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