What Matters Most: Age or Genetics?

What Matters Most: Age or Genetics?

A recent study by University of California, Berkeley, found that “aging and environment are far more important than genetic variation in affecting the expression profiles of many of our genes as we get older.” In fact, “identical twins, for example, have the same set of genes, but as they age, their gene expression profiles diverge, meaning that twins can age much differently from each other.” These findings suggest that when studying age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, heart disease, or diabetes, the emphasis may need to be less on what our genes are. 


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Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.