Addiction can be avoided if you have the right information. What does your DNA say about you?
Early intervention is the first step in lowering addiction statistics. Research has shown that over 1/3 of the U.S. population carries genetic mutations that result in a predisposition to certain addictive behaviors. A person’s genetics only make up 50 percent of addiction predisposition; environmental factors make up the other 50 percent.
Understanding your genetic risk for unhealthy behaviors will allow you to make better, more informed lifestyle decisions.
If a person gets tested and finds out they have a high predisposition to nicotine, it does NOT mean they are going to become addicted to smoking. If that person never smokes a cigarette or is not exposed to smoking environments, then that addictive behavior is not triggered. It is crucial for people to understand their addictive predispositions so that they can manage themselves better and minimize exposure to environmental triggers.