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is longevity influenced more by lifestyle or by genetics?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Environment : Environmental factors such as lifestyle and exposures are about 60% of the result, genetics about up to 30%, and doctors account for about 10% based on identical twin and other longevity studies.

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What is a genetic disorder?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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Chromosomes abn.: A genetic disorder is an abnormality in the genetic makeup of an individual, abn expression of chromosomes, (your internal blueprint). This may have been inherited from parents, or a result of a spontaneous change in genes. Epogenetics is the expression of your genes and can be influenced by environment and nutrition. So it doesn't always have to "run in the family".
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Is cfs genetic?

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NO: No, it can mimic a family's behavior pattern, but i don't think of any genetic involvement.
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Is there a large genetic component to cerebrovascular disease?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
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Not really: Though there are rare genetic stroke syndromes (eg cadasil), for the vast majority of strokes, risk factors with a strong genetic component (hypertension , diabetes, high cholesterol) are the much bigger contributors to strokes and heart attacks often running in families (getting these diseases increases risk of stroke).
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Is fat storage in my waist and abdominal region genetic?

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To some extent.: Truncal obesity is one of the major risk factors. There is a genetic predisposition, but just like with any case of obesity - it is a simple calory count math. If one uses more calories, then he or she consumes, the weight will reduce.
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How would find a genetics counselor?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Pre-or postnatal?: Prenatal genetic counselors are usually housed with perinatologists, OB specialists. Geneticists are usually faculty in pediatrics departments of medical schools. Try http://www.Geneclinics.Org or http://www.Nsgc.Org.

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