Genetic Risk for Heart Trouble Is Offset with Healthy Diet
Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada say a diet rich in fruits and vegetables appears to offset the genetic risk for heart problems. The study was published this week.
Approximately 20% of all people carry at least one copy of a bad genetic variant that has only recently been connected to heart attacks. In 2007 the same researchers found variants in the chromosome 9p21 region were highly linked with heart disease and heart attack. Those reports were subsequently confirmed by other groups.
The new information, linking a healthy diet to lower risk for those genetically predisposed to heart problems, is good news. Just one more reminder that, for most of us, genetics are just one of many factors determining our health and vitality.
Posted on October 12, 2011, in Diet, Genetics, Health, Heart Disease and tagged chromosome 9p21, Diet, fruits and vegetables, Genes, genetic risk., genetic variant, Genetics, Health, Heart Disease, mcmaster university. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.