A Healthy Lifestyle Trumps Genes

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Hi, I'm Dr. Vonda Wright. When it comes right down to it, your genes have a lot to say about your health destiny, especially if conditions like heart disease or diabetes run in your family. Here's some encouraging news, your lifestyle has more impact than your genes on how you feel and whether you live long or die young.

In other words, you are not a slave to your DNA. A whopping 70% of how you age is determined by your lifestyle choices. Your genetics decide only 30%, and you have a lot of control over what genes get turned on, or not. Five simple habits help you trump any lousy genes. Stay active, eat healthy foods, don't smoke, drink moderately, if you drink, and keep your weight and waist size down.

That's it. Even sticking to four of these five can cut your risk of diabetes by 93%, heart attack by 81%, stroke by 50%, and cancer by 36%. The earlier you start living by those five habits, the better your chances of avoiding midlife heart trouble. I'm Dr. Vonda Wright. For more ways to live longer and better, watch all our smart tips.