FIVE KEY WAYS TO PRE­VENT DIS­EASE

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“By and large, 50 per­cent [of dis­ease risk] is due to our choices and 50 per­cent is due to our ge­net­ics,” says Dr. Paré. Take­away? Even with­out ex­pen­sive per­son­al­ized ser­vices, you can re­duce your risk of fu­ture ill­ness with a few life­style tweaks. Here’s how to own your well­ness.

GET REG­U­LAR SCREEN­INGS

En­sure you dis­cuss age-ap­pro­pri­ate screen­ing tests with your doc­tor — and be sure to men­tion any fam­ily his­tory. From a Pap test to a colonoscopy, many med­i­cal tests can catch po­ten­tial prob­lems be­fore they start.

MAN­AGE YOUR MI­CRO­BIOME

Your body’s bac­te­ria play an im­por­tant and lit­tle rec­og­nized role in the man­age­ment of chronic dis­eases. Nosh­ing on pro­bi­otic-rich foods and lim­it­ing an­tibi­otic use are some ways to start im­prov­ing yours.

MAIN­TAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

Stay­ing on top of your waist­line helps re­duce your risk of di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and many types of can­cer. Check in with your doc­tor if you’re not sure what a healthy weight for your body is.

HIT THE GYM

Not only does ex­er­cise help you man­age your weight, it’s also ben­e­fi­cial for longterm dis­ease pre­ven­tion and your me­tab­o­lism, and it can sub­stan­tially in­crease the length of your life. Plus, ex­er­cise is im­por­tant for main­tain­ing your men­tal health, which is also key to im­prov­ing your life ex­pectancy.

BUTT OUT

Quit­ting smok­ing re­duces your risk of heart dis­ease, many types of can­cer and lung dis­ease. Smok­ing causes DNA dam­age, ox­ida­tive stress and inf lam­ma­tion in the body so skip even the oc­ca­sional cig­a­rette if you want a longer, dis­ease-free life.

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