The real me
Do you know that your genes, especially those in charge of maintenance and repair, have a role to play in your aging process? They regulate your aging process and account for about 25% of the changes in your longevity. Other non-genetic factors which regulate your aging process include nutrition, lifestyle and socioeconomic factors (occupation, education, income, community safety, social support). These non-genetic factors contribute to 75% variations in your longevity. You cannot modify your genes, but you can do something about the non-genetic factors.
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