genetics (this is a ‘j’ week) have lots to do with who
we are and what our health is like, particularly as we age. We tend
to put up with arthritis, high blood pressure, a little weight around
the middle, etc. because we see them as symptoms of age as determined
by our genes.
are discovering more and more about our genetic makeup – and
more importantly, how to control it, or at least limit the worst
aspects of it as it applies to our health. One interesting aspect
that has come out of this research is the ‘longevity’
genes or sirtuin genes which decrease chances of heart disease,
diabetes and other inflammatory processes.
genes are turned on and off by certain factors in our diet and environment.
The favorable condition is to have these longevity genes turned
on and active. Calorie restriction has long been understood to increase
the chances of a long and healthy life, and now has also been found
to turn on certain longevity genes.
part of this research has focused on how to turn these genes on
without starving. This does not mean that you can take these supplements
and eat anything you want to. The longevity genes are turned off
by certain factors such as smoking and eating too many refined carbohydrates,
so a healthy lifestyle is still recommended.