In Heart Health, Exercise Takes Priority Over Weight Loss, Study Finds

Did you know that all humans are 99.9% genetically identical?

As The New York Times reported 1 in March, citing a fascinating new study 2 , for people with coronary heart disease, increasing physical activity, and not weight loss, will help prolong their lives. In fact, the study found that its participants with normal weight increased their risk of death with weight loss.

It is a well-established fact that coronary heart disease is one of the main causes of mortality. As the study points out, physical activity is one of the most important factors that can prevent heart disease and reduce mortality.

One of the key risk factors for heart disease is high blood pressure. Physical activity can lower your blood pressure but not everyone can get the same benefits from increasing physical activity. These benefits are driven by the combination of your genetics and lifestyle.

Genetics shows that people’s bodies respond better to certain types of exercises: some people are built for power activities, such as weight lifting and sprinting, while others are genetically pre-disposed to endurance activities, like jogging or swimming. High cholesterol as well as elevated triglyceride levels also put people at risk for developing coronary heart problems. Individuals need to keep in mind that according to one’s genetic information, some people can lower their blood pressure much more efficiently with a low-sodium diet, while for others exercise can lower their blood pressure more.

Vitagene helps detect these genetic traits and educate people on how exercise and diet may influence their blood pressure and overall heart health. Understanding what your body responds to based on your DNA is the best way to make informed lifestyle choices, building healthy habits for long term health.

Shahin Gorgani

Shahin Gorgani

Nutritionist/ Research Associate at Vitagene

is a nutritionist and research associate at Vitagene. He has been working for companies that utilize scientific research, genetics and nutritional science to provide personalized recommendations.. He has a B.S. in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis.

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