Genetic Risk – Our Choice

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Isotonix published an article titled, “The Importance of Customized Nutrition gets the Spotlight” by Archele Moore. In this article he discusses how genes are linked to our health. Our genes encode to proteins that do the work of our bodies like how well we can metabolize food, how effectively we detoxify harmful substances and how we respond to environmental conditions. He provides a great quote

“A statistical genetic risk to a disease or condition does not mean that you will express the disease or condition… It is an important starting point, but then the freedom and responsibility is to choose your way; to choose the right diet and optimized lifestyle for your genetic pre-disposition.” – Professor Michael Müller, Scientific Director, Netherlands Nutrigenomics Centre at Wageningen University

Scientists say Diabetes lies in the Intersection between the Environment and the Gene


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The Health Living Magazine talks about diabetes as being caused by epigenetics but also triggering other epigenetic actions. Diabetes is a complex disease but it now appears it is related to our environment (diet, thought and beliefs). Epigenetics is far too complicated for us to totally understand or appreciate but some combination of epigenetic triggers can cause diabetes. Once the disease takes hold, it then triggers others epigenetic actions. Scientists believe that the key to this disease and others is in the intersection between the environment and the genes.