Your mother or father may have suffered from a serious illness, let’s say cancer. Or maybe several family members are dealing with diabetes. The thought of coming away from the doctor’s office with the same diagnosis can put you in a state of near panic with each check up.
It’s true; you are uniquely who you are because of the gene pool you stepped out of. But this “stepping out” is not a life sentence. It’s not your genes themselves that determine whether you’ll end up with the illness. Epigenetics—or how your genes express themselves — also plays a part in whether you can sidestep the disease. Your genes are influenced by many lifestyle factors such as chronic stress, childhood abuse, loneliness, pessimism, diet, exercise, hope and contentment.
More and more new studies show that the ultimate control over our long-term health does not lie solely in the mysterious realm of molecular structure, but is guided by our mind/body connection. Our thoughts, intentions, prayers, disposition and faith help determine not only how well we live, right here and now, but also whether we will suffer with disease later on in life.