It is true that you can have a genetic predisposition to obesity, but you can also beat those ‘fat genes’…

You may have a lot of your momma’s good traits, but you don’t have to struggle with your weight just because she does.

A new study shows that as women age they are more likely to overcome a genetic predisposition to obesity through exercise.

Over 8 000 women studied

An analysis of more than 8 200 women from the Women’s Health Initiative found that exercise reduces the influence of genetic predisposition to obesity.

Interestingly, this effect was found to be even more significant in the oldest age group (women aged 70 years and older). This just goes to show that you’re never too old to benefit from exercise.

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“We are born with our genes, but this study suggests that we can improve our lives and health with exercise, regardless of genetics.” – Dr JoAnn Pinkerton

“We are born with our genes, but this study suggests that we can improve our lives and health with exercise, regardless of genetics,” says Dr JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director.

“As women age, exercise has been shown to improve muscle mass, balance, and bone strength. It also invigorates brain cells, is associated with less arthritic pain, and improves mood, concentration, and cognition. Regardless of age, genes, and amount of abdominal fat or BMI, regular exercise can improve health.”

Source: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) via www.sciencedaily.com

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