Our expert says:
Thank you for your kind words. There are a variety of factors that play a role when it comes to the development of the so-called degenerative diseases of lifestyle such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease (CHD), namely genetic predisposition, ageing, physical inactivity, inappropriate diets, obesity, lack of physical exercise, stress, etc. In your case there appears to be a genetic tendency to develop heart disease and/or diabetes, but other factors such as physical exercise, use of a balanced diet, youth, and normal blood values, are all positive and normal. This is not to say that your genetic dispositions will not cause raised blood cholesterol levels as you age no matter what you eat. If you are interested in finding out if you and hubby are individuals who can control their cholesterol levels by means of diet alone or if you require the use of medications such as statins, you can have genetic tests done by organisations such as DNAlysis (check on www.dnalysis.co.za). In the meanwhile, it may be counterproductive to nag hubby about 'eating nasty fast food all the time' when he only indulges now and then. Rather support each other to maintain your fitness and to basically eat a well balanced diet. If you click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page you will be able to read about most aspects of nutrition, particularly if you click on 'You are what you eat' and read the 'Healthy Heart' section. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’.
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