From Weight Watchers to wearable tech, there are messages encouraging people to stay fit and healthy. But diets and training methods aside, when it comes to heart health, research from the University of South Australia shows that a far more personalized approach is needed… and it all starts with your genes.
Conducted in partnership with the University of New England and the University of Queensland, the study assessed the impact of lifestyle factors on cardiovascular disease (CVD), finding clear links between genetic predisposition of CVD and smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity and diet.
UniSA researcher, Associate Professor Hong Lee, leader of the statistical genetics group at the Australian Center for Precision Health, says the popular “one-size-fits-all” approach to heart health does not have uniform effects, and that a tailored, individualized approach to CVD is essential.
Globally, CVD is the number one cause of death, claiming an