Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, a young lady sat in genetics class doodling aimlessly when she accidentally overheard the professor’s lecture. The words he spoke at that moment forever changed her life. He said, “Just because you were born with particular genes doesn’t mean you’re doomed to develop those traits.”
As the offspring of parents who suffered from diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity, naturally, he captured me.
What he, so long ago, referred to is now known as the epigenome. Beautiful word, isn’t it? It’s the idea that genes are triggered according to external factors, i.e. what we eat, our level of physical fitness, stress, and our environment. But, let’s all agree that this isn’t genetics class and there’s A LOT more to genes that just turning them on and off so easily. OK?