ScienceDaily (Apr. 9, 2012) — The ranking of a monkey within her social environment and the stress accompanying that status dramatically alters the expression of nearly 1,000 genes, a new scientific study reports. The research is the first to demonstrate a link between social status and genetic regulation in primates on a genome-wide scale, revealing a strong, plastic link between social environment and biology.
There is a tendency to simply say that my health issues are simply due to genetics. It’s true that genetics can affect our health, but even our genetics is affected by our environment. Our social status, and stressful life events can change the way genes can express themselves and change your body, your health and your life.
I’ve said for many years that genetics accounts for about 30 percent of your health and your environment acconts for 70%. Now that we know that our stress affects our genes, it seems as though environment accounts for even more than that 70%.
So don’t blame it all on your genes. You can have positive impact on your health.
Dr. Emil Tompkins.