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Old Wed, Jun-19-19, 07:26
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Originally Posted by WereBear
While genetics are part of the story, so are epi-genetics. This is the discovery that genes can be turned off and on by our environment.

I would say, based on my experience with low carbing since 2003, that I will live twenty years longer eating this way. Based on the SAD/meds combo my peers are experiencing, I'm already at least a decade younger. And the gap will only increase.

And sadly, I am comparing myself with a sibling who has been diagnosed with diabetes.

True, true. Epigenetics are key to understanding how the environment our bodies and metabolisms are exposed to contribute to health and longevity. Genes take a loooonnngg time to change (mutate). Gene expression can be fast and the tendencies (negative and positive consequences) we develop due to lifestyle choices are transmitted to future generations where they inherit those tendencies. Those who have parents with T2D are more likely to get T2D. The encouraging news is that we have the ability to manage genetic tendencies, and some of us have to work harder to do this compared to others. Ornish, Barnard, Sisson, and all of us are products of previous generations' lifestyle choices. We respond to aging and eating choices differently based on these influences. We can choose to manage this dynamic or assume that we're simply passengers in a car with our genome at the wheel driving us to where we're destined.
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Old Thu, Jun-20-19, 05:36
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We can choose to manage this dynamic or assume that we're simply passengers in a car with our genome at the wheel driving us to where we're destined.
Terrific metaphor. I'm going to steal it sometime.
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