The weekend is here, and I am indulging in a bit of relaxation. I picked up my most recent issue of Real Simple magazine, shamelessly kicked back on the couch (burning as close to “0” activity calories as possible!), and came across an article that looks at the genetic risk of developing various ailments and diseases (“Are You Destined to Become Your Mother”).
As I have mentioned before, my mother’s family suffers from heart disease, and I am watching my risk factors as I age to see if I can use healthy habits to avoid it. According to cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, my risk of developing heart disease is probably 25 to 50% higher as a result of my family history. Still, Goldberg says that “only half of cardiovascular disease is explained by these factors.” Apparently, my weight, diet, and exercise habits give me significant control over my risk factors. I guess it’s time to get off the couch now . . . ! Maybe not – stress management is important too.