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How can I lower my risk of inherited health conditions?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your inherited genes are less important than if you wear out your jeans with physical activity. But remember you inherit a lot more from your mom than your genes -- her soup recipes and her tobacco habit, too. Those aren't genetic. About 25 percent of your risk of disease is the genes you inherit. You actually control your genes to a large part. All genes do is watch other genes or work as protein factories. And which factories you turn on or off are under your control. So aging fats turn on a gene that makes your arteries become more stiff and age, while walking turns on a gene that decreases cancer growth.

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