Do you believe that the course of your life is predetermined, or do you believe in your ability to make decisions and act as you want?
Personally, I believe life is a bit of both. There are certain things you can’t change: where you were born, your genetics, or who your parents are. But there are also things you can change: where you live, the color of your hair, and who your friends are, for instance.
But what about health? Does DNA determine your destiny for what diseases you might encounter or how you might store fat? Once again, this is not a yes or no answer. How you think about it can offer some very distinct results.
A new study has shown that people who believe their weight and health is primarily determined by genetics make unhealthier choices compared to people who believe they have some degree of control. And over time, these decisions have serious impacts on overall health.
This makes sense. After all, if you believe wholeheartedly that you are powerless, why would you put any effort into improving your situation? It seems like a real waste of time.
But although genetics can be responsible for a number of health conditions, a number of major health concerns in the U.S. can be heavily influenced by lifestyle decisions you make every day. And research shows making the right decisions can make a big difference. For example, eating healthy and exercising can make a real difference.
You might have a family history of heart disease, diabetes or being heavyset—and it’s quite possible your genetics have made you more susceptible to these things—but I’d also like you to consider the fact that you are a product of your environment. Meaning, if you saw other family members behaving in a certain way, it’s quite likely you’ve followed suit. Furthermore, if you grew up eating the same food as your family and leading a similar lifestyle, it’s hard to imagine a different outcome, right?
Did you know that a healthy diet and exercise plan can invoke change in most people almost instantly? The metabolic impacts include reduced inflammation, improved glucose absorption, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and improved insulin sensitivity. All of these things can lower the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.
Your genetics may mean you have to work a little harder, but they don’t always resign you to a particular health status or shape. If you want to improve your health, it starts with your outlook: when you believe you have the power, you can do a lot with it!
Source for Today’s Article:
“Thinking People are Born Fat or Born Thin is Bad for your Health,” Science Daily web site, September 8, 2015; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150908082812.htm.