Can You Change Your DNA?
When we’re born, we’re born with this amazing blueprint for who we are. This blueprint establishes everything from hair color and height to propensity for disease. So, you know that you got your blue eyes and curly brown hair from Grandma Jean and your high blood pressure from Grandpa Joe, right?
See, while there are some elements of your DNA that you cannot change, generally those that determine physical characteristics, there are other elements of your DNA that you can turn off or on. This means that while most of your family struggles with high blood pressure or hypertension, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have it. You can, through lifestyle changes, never have to go on medication for hypertension.
So, can you change your DNA?
Yes, and no. You can influence it through environmental factors.
What Does That Mean for You?
Well it means that many of the chronic conditions that we feel are inevitable, aren’t. We’re talking about:
- Type II Diabetes
- Heart Disease
And so much more.
Through dietary changes and some straight forward lifestyle changes, you can influence your DNA so that the condition is never expressed.
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At the end of this post you’ll see a list of studies and articles on lifestyle factors and disease or DNA. If you’re curious or you have a strong family history toward one chronic disease or another, I encourage you to start researching. There are steps you can take right now to start reducing the likelihood that you will become another chronic disease statistic.
Step #1 Cut Back on Sugar Intake – Sugar intake impacts just about every chronic disease. Cutting this one ingredient out of your diet will significantly improve your quality of life right now, increase your potential lifespan, and help safeguard you against chronic disease.
Step #2 Move Your Body!
Step #3 Improve Your Sleep
Step #4 Have More Fun (reduce stress)
Step #5 Cut Grains and Trans fats Out of Your Diet.
That’s the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and the beginning of a long and vital life. You may not be able to fully control all your DNA, you can influence your DNA through environmental factors and reduce your risk of developing any “family disease”.
- A short-term, high-fat diet up-regulates lipid metabolism and gene expression in human skeletal muscle
- Too Much Sitting: The Population-Health Science of Sedentary Behavior
- Two weeks of high-intensity aerobic interval training increases the capacity for fat oxidation during exercise in women
- Nocturnal light pollution and underexposure to daytime sunlight: Complementary mechanisms of circadian disruption and related diseases
- Impact of acute sleep restriction on cortisol and leptin levels in young women
- Transgenerational transmission of cortisol and PTSD risk
- Fasting and Caloric Restriction in Cancer Prevention and Treatment
- Stress and Disease
- Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease
- Adding monounsaturated fatty acids to a dietary portfolio of cholesterol-lowering foods in hypercholesterolemia
- Effects of exercise training on mitochondrial function in patients with type 2 diabetes