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“It’s an exciting finding because so often people say, ‘Oh, it’s all in my genes, what can I do?’ Well, it turns out you may be able to do a lot,”

Said Dr. Dean Ornish, head of Preventive Medicine Research Institute.

Our bodies are comprised of thousands of strands of DNA, which are responsible for who we are physically, mentally, and emotionally. Certain traits that we possess have been passed down from our parents through genetics such as eye color, disposition, and body type. Genetics are also responsible however, for transferring a number of unhealthy traits to our children including heart disease and cancer and thus arises a question: can a healthy lifestyle change our genetic system? According to a new study performed by U.S. researchers, a healthier diet and more exercise can lead to dramatic changes at a genetic level.

The study followed 30 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but who had refused the traditional methods of treatment including surgery and radiation therapy. During a three-month period, the men underwent major changes to their everyday lives. Incorporating a large amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products altered their diets drastically. The men were also placed on a steady exercise plan, which included walking for half an hour a day and undergoing stress management by practicing meditation. The results showed that all of the men had obviously improved their general health by losing weight, and lowering their blood pressure. But after comparing prostate biopsies taken from the group, it was discovered that after the three months, all of the men had changes in activity in about 500 genes. Apparently 48 genes had been turned on, while 453 of them had been turned off because of the changes in their lifestyles. The genes that had been turned on were what are known as disease-preventing genes, and the healthier lifestyle had caused these genes to increase in the men. Genes that are involved in prostate cancer and breast cancer are known as disease-promoting genes and this study found that these had actually shut down.

“It’s an exciting finding because so often people say, ‘Oh, it’s all in my genes, what can I do?’ Well, it turns out you may be able to do a lot,”

Said Dr. Dean Ornish, head of Preventive Medicine Research Institute. This study brings with it a breakthrough of epic proportions in medical science, and not just in men with prostate cancer. According to Dr. Ornish, the study is not limited to just men with prostate cancer, meaning that other types of cancer and other genetic health related issues might be able to be reversed by our own good graces. Mothers are always telling their children to eat their fruits and vegetables and it seems as though our mothers have known all along. By altering our lifestyles to include daily exercise and a nutritional diet, people may be giving themselves the power to alter their genetic disposition and increase their lifespan without even knowing it.

So what do you think? Could this really be possible or is this just science fiction? I guess only time will tell.

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