Runs in the Family?

Genes aren't the only thing that's passed down in families...Lifestyles are, too.

It’s NOT all in our genes.  Madalas nating gawing excuse ang phrase “Nasa lahi kasi namin” when we talk about hypertension (a.k.a. high blood), diabetes, allergies or asthma, cancer etc. and other conditions that “run” in our family.  We assume that we can’t really do anything about the genes we were born with.  You’re either swerte/lucky or malas/unlucky to get whatever genes you’re born with.  But, NO!  Genes aren’t the only things passed down in families.  Lifestyles get passed down, too.  If your Lolo and Lola had diabetes, and your mom or dad has diabetes, it might very well be because they loved to eat leche flan, biko, and halo-halo for dessert all the time.  And if you have the same sweet tooth, then chances are you’ll eventually end up with diabetes as well.

Even if you really did get genes that were prone to developing a chronic condition, like diabetes, you can still do something to avoid it.  My friend, who is a professional coach and triathlete, is a perfect example.  I have no idea if he really does have genes that predispose him to get diabetes, but saying nasa lahi niya ang diabetes seems to be accurate: his mom died from complications of diabetes, his dad has complications now, and his two older sisters, who are much heavier (by which I really mean “fatter” in a nicer way) than him, are both diabetic, and one is already on insulin.  Him?  He’s lean and healthy, even if he has a big appetite and eats a lot.  Whether or not he does have diabetes-prone genes, who cares?  Doesn’t take a genius to make a connection between his physical activity and constant training for races and triathlons, and the fact that he is, unlike the rest of his family, not diabetic…right?

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