I hear all the time about how people have bad genetics and there is nothing they can do to avoid their fates. They are doomed. For example: “Both my parents have diabetes so why watch my diet? There is nothing I can do.” ” My dad had a heart attack at age 45, so I will too. Why bother exercising?” “Both my parents were overweight, so why even bother watching my calories? It is in my genes.” Are these people right? Are we doomed by our genes? No! Here is a great way to think about genetics. Your genes are like loading a gun with bullets. Your lifestyle though, determines whether the trigger is pulled. In other words, your genes do not completely determine your destiny. The choices we make about our lifestyle are just as important. We do not have to be our parents! By making smart decisions about our lifestyles we can avoid their fates. By watching our diets and exercising we do not have to be overweight or diabetic. By taking care of ourselves and not smoking, we can avoid heart attacks and strokes. We do not have to pull the trigger! We do not have to be our genes. The moral of the story is: watch your diet, exercise, and take care of your body and live a long healthy life despite what your genetics are.