There are certain things that we cannot fight, they are just in our genes.
This is what many have thought about chronic diseases such as heart disease. Heart disease seemed to have a strong familial connection which lead to research to identify specific genes linked to coronary artery disease.
The research did find specific markers and concluded that if you had more than one of the gene factors your risk for heart disease increased. It made sense for doctors to then prescribe drugs that would potentially reduce their risk... but what about healthy behaviors??
So many articles are written about how exercise, good nutrition, not smoking, etc., all help to reduce our risk of chronic disease, but how do these habits measure up when your genes already put you at a high risk?
The New York Times just wrote an article entitled the "Power of Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Heart Disease" that dove into this very question.
You can read the full article here http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/upshot/the-power-of-simple-life-changes-to-prevent-heart-disease.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth&action=click&contentCollection=health®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=10&pgtype=sectionfront
The article discussed the results of a long term study that found that healthy habits were even more effective than drugs in preventing heart disease. The habits were not even too intense; exercise once a week, maintaining a BMI under 30, not smoking, and consuming more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and less sugary beverages an processed goods.
Similar to the compound effect of the genes risk factors, the greater number of healthy habits performed that better reduction in heart disease!
What was even more encouraging in these findings was that those people with a high number of gene risk factors benefited just as much from these lifestyle changes.
If you have a family history of heart disease, you are not at the mercy of your genes. You still have a higher risk, but that doesn't mean you cannot fight!
Remember the study only had the participants exercise once a week... Why not make it 3 times for good measure?!
If you join us our sessions are only 35 minutes a day- that leaves you plenty of time to adopt a couple more habits on the list to make you a heart disease fighting machine!!
With 2017 just around the corner, make it your new year's resolution to adopt one more healthy habit, because it is not just heart disease that you will be fighting, there are many more diseases like cancer and diabetes that can be prevented by simply living healthfully.