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Healthy Diet, Regular Exercise can Prevent Bad Genes from Causing Diseases

by VR Sreeraman on  October 28, 2009 at 3:22 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News   - G J E 4
 Healthy Diet, Regular Exercise can Prevent Bad Genes from Causing Diseases
Simple lifestyle choices, such as following a healthy diet and regular exercise, can override bad genes, according to one of Canada's leading genetic researchers.
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Robert Hegele, director of the cardiovascular genetics laboratory at the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario, linked simple decisions and socioeconomic determinants to genetics.

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The classic choices included staying away from cigarettes, alcohol, eating a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

Much complicated matters like a person's income, education, housing status and physical environment were also said to play a significant role.

"Environment often trumps genetics. Even if you've been dealt a bad hand of genes, it's not a life sentence for most people," The Globe and Mail quoted Hegele as telling delegates to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Edmonton.

The researcher added: "While genetic testing is increasingly providing valuable information, clinicians and patients themselves already have the tools to act.

"No matter what all the high-tech stuff reveals, the answers are still simple for most people."

Source: ANI
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