October 14


Controlling your Epigenetics

By heheals

October 14, 2020

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Your genes can play a powerful role on your health, but new research shows there are ways to deactivate your bad genes. “You have a lot more control over your destiny then you think you do,” said Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina, system medical director of wellness at Lee Health.

Doctors call it epigenetics. “Epigenetics is the scientific term for how your life, and lifestyle, and your behaviors actually affect your gene function,” said Dr. Lacagnina.

Giving you power over your genes. “Years ago people used to think that you were born with a certain number of genes and they really didn’t change, and you really didn’t have any influence over them, but what research has shown over the years is how you live your life, what you eat, how you exercise, what you’re exposed to, and even what you think, affects your gene function,” he said.

Regular physical activity, good nutrition, stress management, and sleep can all play a vital role in keeping your bad genes turned off and keeping your good genes turned on. “Looking at your sleep, your stress, your mental health, your passion for living, you’re why. All of those things really make a big difference,” said Dr. Lacagnina.

Doctors say don’t wait to start good habits. “We know that many genes will be affected by a healthy lifestyle. If you can really create that for yourself you will significantly lower your risk for disease, lower your risk for cancer, and improve your lifespan and longevity,” he said.

Limit processed foods and sugar and add organic fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. “Mental health is a really big issue. It’s really hard to be physically well when you’re not mentally well. So if you’re depressed, or you’re chronically anxious, or you’re not sleeping, all of those things really need to be addressed and treated effectively,” Dr. Lacagnina said.

Maintaining your overall health can lower your risk for chronic disease and disable your bad genes.

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