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Healthy Diet May Cut Heart Risk From 'Bad' Genes

Study Shows Healthy Diet May Offset Bad Genes for Heart Disease

Healthy Diet and Heart Disease Risk: Perspective

The study findings suggest that lifestyle does matter, no matter what your genes have dealt you, says Eric Topol, MD, professor of translational genomics at The Scripps Research Institute and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

He reviewed the study findings for WebMD.

"This suggests you may be able to do something about it [bad genes] if you follow a prudent diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables.

"I think this is a very sound report," he says. "It's really one of the first solid evidence of this whole field of nutrigenomics."

Nutrigenomics is defined as the way genes interact with nutrients.

The researchers found a dose response, Topol says. The worse the diet, the higher the risk of heart attack. The better the diet, the lower the risk.

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