Your genetics load the gun, but your lifestyle pulls the trigger. Dr. Mehmet Oz
One of the questions I always ask clients is family health history. If I see a lot of cardiac history on both sides of the family for example, I’m going to put a preventative plan in place, even if that wasn’t the main reason they came to see me. Having a family history of obesity, diabetes, or heart disease doesn’t mean you are determined to have the same fate. Lifestyle plays a huge part. If not, it wouldn’t be that those diseases are continuing to rise even though we are continuing to make new medical strides in treating them.
Modern medicine is great at treating us when we are already sick. Changes in our diet, sleep, exercise, stress and supplements can help prevent us from getting sick in the first place.
The Diabetes Prevention Program found that weight loss and increased physical activity reduced the chance of prediabetes turning into type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. For people 60 years or older, the reduction was 71 percent. For overweight people, losing five to seven percent of body weight through exercise and healthy eating could prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
I remember years ago, before I was a nutritionist, working with a 32-year-old personal training client who had lost 100 pounds, and kept if off for a year. She was fretting about going to visit her family for two weeks. I asked if her family was overweight. Apparently, they all were, and her concern with going back was that the whole family ate the same way. Soda was on the table at every meal, huge portions, sweets and unhealthy snacks between meals.
So, was that family overweight because of genetics, or because they were all raised to eat that way? Interesting question…
You have control of your health, your weight and your lifestyle. While it may seem the cards can be stacked against you genetically, play your hand right, and you can win the game!