The genetic heart disease risk can be significantly reduced thanks to the combination of healthier dietary habits and physical exercises, recent research suggests. Around 55,000 adults participated in the latest study during which scientists aimed to establish how they can deal with the genetic heart disease risk.
At the end of the study, the scientists concluded that people could address that issue by adding to their diets whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Also, moderate exercises are the best way to remain physically active.
More precisely, 20 minutes of physical exercises every day will help you maintain a positive attitude. Also, you can set a fitness goal of 150 minutes of aerobic every week.
According to Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, Director of the Center for Human Genetic Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a bad DNA doesn’t mean that you have no chance to prevent the onset of a cardiovascular condition.
He underlines that there is always something you can do. Based on the estimates, roughly 365,000 Americans and 17.3 million people across the world die every year due to heart disease.
Dr. Kathiresan and his team discovered that the genetic heart disease risk was two times higher in people with bad genes. Even so, an improved lifestyle reduced that risk by fifty percent, whereas people with good genetics who had an unhealthy lifestyle were twice more likely to develop coronary heart disease.
According to cardiologist Dr. Michael Lauer from the National Institutes of Health, the study findings are quite impressive and very important for future research. He continued by saying that the participants were involved in four other studies, and there was a population variety.
It means that this study covered a wide range of subjects. Based on the findings, the team designed a lifestyle score which relied on several factors such as smoking habits, exercises, diets, and average weight.
Dr. Kathiresan stresses that obese people have an elevated genetic heart disease risk. Although they usually find it hard to lose a few pounds, overweight and obese people can prevent the development of a cardiovascular condition if they improve their lifestyle.
Thanks to this study, the scientists proved that the genetic heart disease risk is not entirely associated with a person’s DNA.
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