Human genetics and familial history can have a profound impact on our health.
An awareness of our genetic profile and risk factors for certain health disorders heightens our ability to make better lifestyle choices that can lead to improved health outcomes. Recent research in epigenetics further demonstrates that our lifestyles can increase or reduce our risks of various diseases even if our genetic history seems to be working against us. In fact, knowledge of our genetic history gives us the ability to change behavior, modify diet, and proactively manage our health.
Healthcare professionals have a vital role in working with communities to provide health information and long- term lifestyle strategies that will improve health outcomes.