Genetics, our blueprint. It is easy to blame our genes for our problems. You have a disease then something must be wrong with your blueprint. You probably have a defect, a mutation. However, how come? After studying the magnificence of the DNA duplication process with all its control points, one has to wonder how can be that 50% of Americans are obese because of their genes?
I think there is a lot of confusion regarding genetics and health. It seems like every day there is a study, a report, or news about gene A or B 'causing' modern disease (obesity, diabetes or heart disease) You will hear to talk about the obesity gene, the heart disease gene, and so on. I know there are true genetics diseases like the the Marfan syndrome or the Polycystic kidney disease. But thinking that a complex issue such as obesity is “caused” by a single gene defect it is just not appropriate. There may be many causes (genetics could be one) including “environmental” or “ecological factors.
Take the Pima Indians of Arizona. They have a high rate of diabetes (type II) much higher than “normal” rates in the US. These Pima Indians are taken as an example of how genetics can cause diabetes and obesity. They are said to be genetically susceptible to diabetes and obesity.
There are other example such as this that can be observed in The US. For example Japanese that come to the US and become fat while in their traditional setting are lean and with a low incidence of diseases. Not only, this but Americans are getting sicker and more obese as times goes by despite all the “effort” on combating obesity, diabetes, heart disease etc.
I think genes are only rarely the “real” “cause” of disease, and that the majority of health problems are lifestyle-related. This the solution must be to restore a a healthy diet, exercise, and low stress environment for us. That is why I have started this blog top convey practical ideas to obtain an optimal health.