Approximately one-third of American adults are obese, which puts them at an increased risk for a number of diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is not caused by any singular factor. Instead there are multiple factors at play, one of which is genetics. Researchers are beginning to understand the genetic factors involved in obesity, and more recently, they have pinpointed how a specific genetic variation vastly increases an individual’s risk of the disease.
British researchers recently …Read more
We all know that exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle with the power to make us look and feel better; but not everyone realizes that exercise can actually affect you at the genetic level. New research published in the journal PLOS Genetics has revealed that exercise changes the way that your genes express themselves, which not only explains why exercise (or lack thereof) is so intimately connected with the risk of disease, but why so many disease …Read more
The heated debate that makes all moms cringe with guilt continues: nature vs. nurture. Darwinistic versus Freudian theories have long been argued in trying to determine the true cause behind human psychology and behaviors. Could the way we behave be inherited (nature)? Or does our environment and life experiences make us who we are (nurture)? Two scientists, Michael Meaney and Moshe Szyf, aimed to put this debate to rest once and for all, by looking at inherited genes and rearing …Read more
As a society we have been told over and over again that the key to living a long healthy life is to eat a healthy diet consisting of lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean meats. In addition to a healthy diet, engaging in a regular regimen of exercise is also advised. However, scientists have been baffled by the people that beat the aging process and live longer even while indulging in bad habits such as smoking, over-eating …Read more