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Genetic risk, incident stroke, and the benefits of adhering to a healthy lifestyle: cohort study of 306 473 UK Biobank participants

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 24 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4168

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What is genetic predisposition?

Health and sickness are familial, and both often relate back to genetic predisposition. But what is genetics? Basically, genetics and epigenetics study how DNA affects our hereditary sensitivity to diet, toxins, and addictions. So when we find familial patterns of health or sickness, we should assume that DNA is at work, and search for patterns of dietary, toxic, and addictive factors. This will promote health and heal sickness.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 October 2018
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA