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Epigenetics: Its Understanding Is Crucial to a Sustainable Healthcare System

College of Health, Massey University, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Academic Editor: Richard H. Beinecke
Healthcare 2015, 3(2), 194-204;
Received: 11 February 2015 / Revised: 16 March 2015 / Accepted: 27 March 2015 / Published: 1 April 2015
Understanding the molecular impact of lifestyle factors has never been so important; a period in time where there are so many adults above retirement age has been previously unknown. As a species, our life expectancy is increasing yet the period of our lives where we enjoy good health is not expanding proportionately. Over the next 50 years we will need to almost double the percentage of GDP spent on health care, largely due to the increasing incidence of obesity related chronic diseases. A greater understanding and implementation of an integrated approach to health is required. Research exploring the impact of nutritional and exercise intervention on the epigenetically flexible genome is up front in terms of addressing healthy aging. Alongside this, we need a greater understanding of the interaction with our immune and nervous systems in preserving and maintaining health and cognition. View Full-Text
Keywords: epigenetics; health; disease epigenetics; health; disease
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Thunders, M. Epigenetics: Its Understanding Is Crucial to a Sustainable Healthcare System. Healthcare 2015, 3, 194-204.

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