I have questioned this for awhile now regarding diabetes and other health issues.
Isn't there a component of genetics in heart disease? And yet, if I had known when I was a kid that people in my family had heart disease and took actions back then to eat right, exercise, avoid stress, etc. would I then still had a heart attack?
I had indications of diabetes when I was pregnant with my second child. If I had been informed back then and made necessary changes to my life such as the same mentioned above would I have or could I have avoided diabetes?
Can one have diabetes without any known family history? Could the same be said of so many other "genetic" illnesses?
I tend to think it is a combination of both factors involved. I think many diseases could be avoided if people learn very early of the possibilities and make the necessary changes to their lifestyles to avoid them.
When I was growing up proper diet was rarely discussed nor the benefits of exercise either. It was talked about but not like it is today. I think if I had known I would have done a better job of it.
I am not taking any chances with my kids or grandchildren either as there is too much at stake. I have spoken to my kids but more importantly to my grandchildren about what is important to do to avoid these situations. I already see in them that they are eating poorly and not getting much exercise at all. I hope they learn from my mistakes and decide to make better choices in their lives.
So what do you think about genetics vs environment or is it both? And if changes can be made early can many of the diseases we are faced with be avoided by the next generation?
PS Food for thought though no pun intended.
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