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New year health kicks are great - but your environment is also vital | Dr Robert Wright

Understanding how environment impacts health will empower us to make the lifestyle changes that matter most, from what foods to buy to fragrances to avoidExercising and eating better as part of our new year health kicks are great, but we should also think more deeply about the role the environment plays on our health. As a professor of environmental medicine, I believe this is an exciting new area of study that will play a big part in the future of personalized medicine.Consider this, every day we are bombarded with messages: genes that cause cancer, supplements that prevent Alzheimer's disease, diets that prevent asthma, chemicals that make us gain weight. But while headlines frequently proclaim "game changing" new findings, over the last 20 years in the US and Europe our health status as a population has seriously deteriorated. Rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and learning disorders continue to rise. Genetic variation may be part of the puzzle that explains why we get sick, but clearly there are missing pieces. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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