Your Parents and Longevity

genetic predisposition

wolter_tom / Pixabay – Genes can help or hurt your future health.

High levels of human growth hormone (HGH) improve your longevity. Low insulin levels increase HGH levels.  Conversely, high insulin levels decrease HGH levels. The more carbohydrates eaten, the more insulin is produced. Over time, it is possible to become insulin resistant – more insulin is required to do the same function than was required years earlier.

Insulin resistance has more than a few causes. Some of these causes have been associated with genetic predisposition, medicines, pregnancy, obesity, illness, steroid use and inactivity.  We all have the genes of our parents.  If we live the same lifestyle as our parents, we should expect to see similar health patterns arise over our lifetime.  However, genetic predisposition doesn’t mean that you will definitely inherit the same health condition.

Statisticians figure the genetic risk can be as low as 3 percent.  However, you must change your lifestyle to reduce the risk of inheriting health problems. If one or both of your parents had diabetes, would you expect to inherit that same condition?  There are genes that can predispose you to type II diabetes.  However, non-genetic lifestyle factors, such as obesity or inactivity, can influence the development of type II diabetes.  Change your lifestyle and you can reduce the risk of inheriting the diseases of your parents.

insulin resistance

ChristophZimmermann / Pixabay – What we eat has a great effect than what we inherit.

Insulin resistance is another potential health problem that has been traced to genes. Metabolic syndrome is also associated with insulin resistance. It is a set of conditions – excess weight (especially around our middle), high blood pressure, and elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.  Metabolic syndrome can have serious cardiovascular implications.  Around one-third of all Americans has metabolic syndrome.  The symptoms associated with it are often not felt until it is too late.  Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance are treatable.


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