Diabetes has run in our family for several
generations. Am I doomed to develop diabetes?
Not necessarily. Nature or genetics is estimated to account for about 30% of how
long and how well you live. Some geneticpieces are a done deal: your eye and hair
color (which you can change with eye contacts and by bleaching or dying your
hair). Your height and bone size, not so much. Your IQ is a range so you can
potentially raise your IQ by 5-30 points if you want to work on it. Other genetic pieces
predispose you to certain things or increase your risk for them happening but
do force that to happen, Enter Epigenetics, meaning above genetics, which
encompasses everything that is not genetics including lifestyle. Finding out
what types of lifestyle choices increase or decrease your risk, and choosing
those that decrease your risk can even impact your genetic disposition.
Meaning, building a lifestyle that includes choices that have been shown to
help lower a risk of diabetes can definitely work in your favor.