Most of us hear that genetics loads the gun and lifestyle pulls the trigger. Let me go into details on what that means.
Genetics is something that runs in families, whether it’s obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc. If you have family members who have any of these health problems, that means you more prone or more at risk of having these problems yourself. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll actually come down with them though, which brings me to the next topic on lifestyle.
Lifestyle, or your environment, will actually trigger the diseases with your family genetics. For example, if any member of your family has diabetes, you will have the genetics for it. But if you live the same lifestyle as that family member does, then you, too, will come down with this disease. And this is especially true for diabetes. Diabetes is a lifestyle disease.
And these problems aren’t necessarily confined to your biological family’s lifestyle. It also happen with your surrogate family, even the people you associate yourself with most of the time, outside your biological family.
There’s a saying, you are who you associate yourself with. If you hang out with unhappy people, you become unhappy yourself. If you hang out with unhealthy people, you’ll become unhealthy yourself.
So, what can you do to prevent this from happening to you?
Examine your own family’s or your closest friends’ lifestyle. If they live an unhealthy lifestyle, deviate from their lifestyle. Sometimes it’ll mean breaking apart from them, at least to a point where their lifestyle isn’t rubbing off on you. When you do that, you’ll be upgrading your genetic expressions, and you’ll become less and less prone or at risk for coming down with these diseases.
Also associate yourself with people who are taking the steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Hang out with people who are what you want to become.
If you commit to these changes, you will lead a more healthy and active lifestyle, with better longevity.