Cardiovascular Disease is Not All in the Genes

A study in the U.K. followed almost 500,000 adults for an average of 6 years. At baseline participant's physical fitness was determined by a variety of tests. Researchers found patients with high cardiovascular fitness had a 49% lower risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) when compared with those who had low fitness--even when they carried a high genetic risk…

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A Mother’s Diet Changes Baby’s Genes

A healthful diet during pregnancy results in a healthy baby.  This is common sense and universally known to be true.  But research has discovered that a woman’s diet at the time of conception can permanently impact the genetic code of her baby.   The genes of the baby are forever changed by mom’s diet before…

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Short Sleep Messes with Your Genes

Insufficient sleep is associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease risk, and even cognitive impairment. However, the mechanisms behind these effects remain somewhat ambiguous. In analyzing the whole-blood RNA of human test subjects, British researchers have recently found that 711 genes were up- or down-regulated by insufficient sleep after only 7 days with insufficient sleep. The genes they…

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Obesity Gene Switched Off by Exercise

In 2007, the FTO (fat, mass, and obesity) gene was discovered which predisposes humans to develop obesity. This obesity gene is found in about 75% of people from Europe, and African Americans but only 44% of Asians.People with one copy of the FTO gene have an increased risk of obesity of 30%. A person with…

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Diet Controls Genes for Heart Attacks

Heart disease kills more people than any other disease. Major causes of heart attacks include cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. You can also inherit defective genes from your father or mother that will increase your risk of having a heart attack. You can control what you eat but your genetic make up is…

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Diet and Lifestyle Change Can Significantly Affect Genes

A study was conducted to determine whether a pure vegetarian diet, exercise and stress management could modify the progression of prostate cancer. After one year, those following the program showed significant improvements in weight, abdominal obesity, blood pressure and blood fats. The research found that over 500 genes changed function -- some were turned "on"…

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Genetic Defect Causes Promiscuity and Infidelity.

Justin Garcia and a team of researchers at Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, have just published a study showing a genetic basis for human sexual promiscuity and infidelity. This is the first study of its kind.Sexual promiscuity is noncommittal sexual intercourse with non-monogamous partners, or a “one-night stand.” Sexual infidelity was defined in this study as…

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