Lesson 2 - Bust the Aging Myths

Myth #4 - The secret of successful aging is to choose your parents wisely

It is true that there is some meaningful connection between genetics and aging. However, according to recent studies, the relative importance of genes has been tremendously overstated. It’s a great temptation to believe that the fate of our health, including our death is locked into our DNA at conception.  Experts in the field of aging report that only about 30% of the characteristics of aging can be attributed to genes.

As we grow older our genes, which we have no control over, become even less important than the parts of our lives that we can control - our environment and lifestyle.

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