I see many patients who complain of joint pain, diabetes, weight problems and other medical conditions. Some of them are legitimate genetic or congenital issues. Many also blame “family genes.” Although I don’t deny that genetics play a part, but there is more to it.
“We may not be able to change our genetics; however, we can influence the expression of the genes with our lifestyles/environment.” Dr. Mary-Ellen Kelly ND.
Sometimes, it may not be genetics at all. It is simply the habits that are passed on from one generation to the next. How we behave and act has a lot to do with our upbringing, which can influence the way we talk, act and even eat. My grandparents grew up eating rice, as did my parents, my cousins, my brother and myself. Other families grow up eating burgers and french fries for lunch almost every day. Others grow up eating until they are only 75% full after every meal. Other families grow up participating in all kinds of sports. So you see, it is not always “family genes,” it’s more like “family habits.”
If you want to lose weight, commit to a program that focuses on lifestyle changes and educates on nutrition, not just magic supplements, meal replacement, injections or blindly following a meal plan. You can empower yourself in the process by educating yourself. The way you choose to lose weight will also impact how your children will live healthily in the future.
- Sleeping longer may thwart “obesity genes” (cbsnews.com)
- Lack of sleep may trigger fat genes (cbc.ca)
- Getting more sleep could quiet obesity genes: study (ctv.ca)
- Sleeping for more than nine hours may help weight loss: research (telegraph.co.uk)
- Genetics aren’t optional but what we do with them is… (davidkanigan.com)