Talking Point #57 - What's Epigenetics?
And why Epidemiology is so Important
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TALKING POINT #57
Did You Know? We used to think that our genes were static and there was nothing we could do about them — we now know that’s not true! An emerging science called epigenetics shows us that genes can be both turned on and turned off.
Epigenetics literally means "above" or "on top of" genetics. It refers to external modifications to DNA that turn genes "on" or "off." These modifications do not change the DNA sequence, but instead, they affect how cells "read" genes.
Epigenetic changes alter the physical structure of DNA. One example of an epigenetic change is DNA methylation — the addition of a methyl group, or a "chemical cap," to part of the DNA molecule, which prevents certain genes from being expressed. Another example is histone modification.
In fact, studies using identical twins with autoimmunity showed the risk of getting an autoimmune disease is only 25% dependent on genetics and 75% dependent on environmental factors. Your genes are not your destiny. There are simple steps you can take to help overcome this gene mutation and minimize its effects.
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