Genetics play a large role in the person that you become. DNA is a large molecule, shaped like a double helix and contains all of the genetic coding that shapes who we are and who we become. This coding is inherited from our parents and the generations prior to them.
Therefore it would seem that in many cases our destiny is predetermined and there is nothing that we can do to avoid many of the ailments that we endure.
Our genetics do play a large role and predispose us to certain ailments, such as having a “bad back” or bunions. However we are not a slave to our genetics and there is a great deal that can be done to avoid things that we are at a high risk for.
Our genetic coding can be turned on or off in response to our life experiences. You may be predisposed to having a bunion on your big toe, however you can learn to avoid placing excessive strain onto the inside of your big toe by wearing proper fitting shoes and walking optimally (a great physical therapy clinic can help you with that!). You will still have a genetic predisposition to having a bunion however now will not develop one.
Osteoblasts are the cells that make bone and are stimulated by stress and pressure. Proper footwear and optimal walking mechanics will lessen the strain on the big toe, decrease stimulation of the osteoblasts, and avoid the development of a bunion.
It is essential to understand that we are not helpless to our genetics. We must be aware of our genetic predispositions so that we can learn how to avoid turning this coding on.
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