Genetics Loads The Gun But Environment Pulls The Trigger...What is often perplexing to folks is the lack of a direct link between the, 'I do, therefore I am' in their health. The old adage, 'you are what you eat' might be true for your weight, but not so clear when it comes to your cholesterol, your blood pressure, and whether or not you will develop diabetes. People sometimes feel like they are cheating fate when their blood results are not reflective of their bad behavior and frustrated when their positive diet and exercise changes are not rewarded with pristine results. What you have genetically might help or hinder you, but don't take it for granted and don't resent it as a curse. You can eventually tarnish a kind gift from your ancestors through a lifetime of poor choices. But you can also focus on optimizing the less appealing ones by eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and not smoking. Your DNA is your starting point, but how and when you cross the finish line is up to you.