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Healthy diet overwrites genetic code for chronic disease
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Good news for anyone with a family history of heart disease and stroke-you can change your genetic inheritance with a healthy diet, say researchers

Good news for anyone with a family history of heart disease and stroke-you can change your genetic inheritance with a healthy diet, say researchers.
A Mediterranean diet-which includes olive oil, fish, complex carbohydrates and nuts-can overwrite genetic codes that dramatically increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, say researchers at Tufts University.
They made the discovery while testing the impact of several diets-the Mediterranean and a low-fat diet-on around 7,000 men and women, and how it affected their chances of developing heart disease over a five-year period. But around 900 of the participants had genetic variations that made them more susceptible for heart disease, and which is usually preceded by type 2 diabetes. However, the increased risk was eliminated in those who were eating the Mediterranean diet; it put them "on an even playing field with everyone else", one of the researchers said.
(Source: Diabetes Care, 2013; doi: 10.2337/dc13-0955)


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