As individuals we are unique. We have different strengths and weaknesses and different levels of resilience. Some of us are born to family who have good genes, but some of us are unlucky and don’t.
Does that mean that our health is predetermined by our family genes?
The short answer is not necessarily. Alzheimer’s is a good example, “only one in a hundred cases of this debilitating disease is caused by genes,” but a healthy lifestyle and the way we choose to live our life, will determine whether we are predisposed to an illness such as this. We may never need to suffer with this particular disease.
I also gave an example in one of my previous blogs about Diabetes. Just because a member of our family has it, doesn’t mean it’s a genetic illness that we will go on to inherit it. Again, the state of our health and lifestyle is largely determined by the good choices we make and how we live our life. Diabetes may therefore, never be something we have to deal with.
We are in effect masters of our own destiny. For example if we drink and smoke too much, a ‘disease gene’ is more likely to be activated through poor lifestyle choices, but if we choose to look after ourselves and make good lifestyle choices, the disease gene is more likely to lie dormant indefinitely.
Our daily lifestyle choices work in the same way. If we constantly choose to eat badly and subject ourselves to stress, we are more likely to get sick. If we choose to avoid stress and a bad lifestlye and promote good health through a better diet and lifestyle choices, then our risk to ill health and disease, regardless of our genes will be dramatically reduced.