Exercise Can Counter Obesity Genes
Up to 70 percent of people have certain genes that boost their odds of becoming obese. But regular exercise reduces that risk, especially as we age. Among 8,206 older women with such genes (none had diabetes), those who walked or did other forms of cardio—such as dancing, tennis, and swimming—for more than 150 minutes per week had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height used to estimate how close a person is to a healthy weight) than women who did not work out. For women 70 and older, exercise countered obesity genes entirely. Don’t accept your genetic destiny. Fight back by regularly working up a sweat.
Source: Menopause, May 14, 2018