A new study at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that people can control their genetically predisposed heart disease risk by living a healthy lifestyle. The results, from research headed by Dr. Sekar Kathiresan and his colleagues at the hospital’s Center for Human Genetic Research, came from a study of over 55,000 people. The New York Times article on the subject reports:
The investigators found that genes can double the risk of heart disease, but a good lifestyle cuts it in half. Just as important, they found, a terrible lifestyle erases about half of the benefits of good genetics.
Our founder, Pax, always said his mission was to help people “live to their maximum genetic lifespan.” He understood the findings of this study before it existed. He knew that with lifestyle changes, including adopting a proper nutrition and fitness regime, people who were predisposed to heart disease could significantly lengthen their lifespans.
From The Times:
“It’s very important,” said Dr. David Maron, the director of preventive cardiology at Stanford, who was not involved in the new study. “If you are dealt a bad hand, there are things you can do to attenuate the risk.”
Do you face heart health concerns, based on your genetic history? Knowing this, have you taken steps to change your lifestyle? What challenges have you’ve faced in doing so, and what positive results have you seen? We’d love to hear from you.
You can read about the Massachusetts General Hospital study here.