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Healthy Lifestyle Triggers Genetic Changes

Sunday, 22 August 2010 20:08

A small U.S. study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tracked 30 men with low-risk prostate cancer who decided against conventional medical treatment such as surgery and radiation or hormone therapy. Instead, for three months the men made major lifestyle changes, including eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products, moderate exercise such as walking for half an hour a day, and an hour of daily stress management such as meditation. They found that not only did the men lose weight, lower their blood pressure, etc., but they also managed to change the activity in 500 genes. The activity of disease-preventing genes increased, while a number of disease-promoting genes, including those involved in prostate cancer and breast cancer, shut down. Dr. Dean Ornish, head researcher on the study, said this: “In just three months, I can change hundreds of my genes simply by changing what I eat and how I live.”

Read the full article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1628897920080618?rpc=60