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Change Your Genes in 3 Steps

Change Your Genes in 3 Steps

Does cancer or any other disease run in your family? Then get with this 3-step program.

Research suggests that -- in as little as 3 months -- you could actually change the way your genes behave for the better. If you do the right things.

Step 1: Eat right. That means a plant-based diet like this.

Step 2: Walk on. Clock at least 30 minutes a day. Here's an easy way to get started.

Step 3: Decompress. Spend 60 minutes a day destressing. And weekly talk therapy may be key, too. Here's how to decompress.

The Results
When men with early-stage prostate cancer did all these steps as part of a study, the results were impressive. Gene activity associated with prostate-tumor growth decreased, while gene activity involved with disease protection increased. While more research is needed to confirm the results, there's little question that healthy habits like these have other benefits, too -- like better weight control, a better cholesterol profile, and healthier blood pressure.

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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