Many people think they can't out-run bad genes.
However, a new study shows the impact living healthy can have, even if those genes give you a greater risk for stroke.
The research looked at more than 300-thousand adults.
35% had a higher risk for stroke just based on their genes.
But for people without that genetic risk, if they smoke, have diabetes and an unhealthy diet, they have a 65-percent higher risk for stroke.
The results show making healthy decisions can make a big difference.
"No matter how predisposed you are, genetically, to have a stroke, if you live healthier, you actually have a better chance of not having a stroke, and also heart attacks as well," says Dr. George Pravin, a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic.
Doctors say the more of these healthy habits that you can combine, the better your overall health will be:
*Maintaining healthy weight
*Keep blood pressure & cholesterol under control
The most dangerous risk factor is smoking.
It can double your risk of having a stroke.
It's never too late to quit.
There are dozens of smoking cessation programs available.
Talk to your healthcare provider about the best options for you.
Healthy habits can counter genetics on stroke risk