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It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick by Greg Gibson

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An Epidemic Genetic Disease

The story for type 2 diabetes is really quite different. T2D is essentially an epidemic disease. Prevalence has increased from a few percent to well more than ten percent over the past 30 years and continues to trend upward at an alarming rate. Genes alone cannot cause an epidemic; there must be some environmental agent. And we all know what that agent is: the transition to a fast food, slow couch-potato lifestyle. The genes are just accomplices—from their viewpoint unwitting ones. In the blame game, they are innocent victims of changes that humans have wrought upon themselves, caught up in a disease they have no business being associated with.

We can talk about hyperglycemia and insulin resistance as much as we want, ...

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