Exercise Can Turn Off Obesity Genes
Rejoice! Obesity genes do not have the final word-you do! In a highly encouraging report, scientists concluded that regular physical activity can dramatically diminish the activity of the FTO gene, the most common and powerful obesity gene. For this study, researchers carefully monitored the activity levels of over 17,000 multiethnic adults from 17 different countries for three years. Their results revealed that maintaining a physically active lifestyle could blunt the activity of the FTO gene, as well as other obesity genes up to 75 percent.
This study is a shining example of what I believe is one of the most liberating and motivating scientific revelations of the 21st century, which is that genes are not destiny. This is because healthy behaviors like eating right and exercise can turn bad genes off and good genes on! Never doubt the power you hold to decidedly impact your own health. (Scientific Reports January, 2016)
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