Beth Levine

Lots of people like to blame their families for every negative aspect of their health or weight as in, “I inherited my mother’s slow metabolism,” or “I’m probably doomed to get diabetes because it runs on my father’s side of the family.” While certain traits are directly passed down to us from our parents, such as hair or eye color, others are simply one of many factors that may contribute toward an outcome. Into that category of things which we can’t blame our parents for fall most chronic health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. And now, new research suggests we can’t play the blame game when it comes to our lifespan, because it actually has little to do with our genes.

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