NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New research shows that a healthy lifestyle can slash your risk for heart disease even if your genes are heavily stacked against you. A large study finds that people with the most inherited risk cut their chances of having a heart attack or other heart problems in half if they didn’t smoke, ate well, got regular exercise and stayed slim.
The study also finds that unhealthy habits can largely ruin the benefit of having good genes.
Doctors say the results show that DNA is not destiny when it comes to heart health and that people have a lot of control over what happens.
Results were discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.