You'll Be Shocked To Find Out These 10 Personal Traits You Didn't Know Were Genetic

It’s always surprising to learn just how much our genes shape who we are…

Whether you have your mother’s blue eyes or your father’s long legs, we all get our physical and internal makeup from both our parents’ genes…

Its incredible to think that every aspect of our physical and even mental attributes from both sides of our parental genetic pool.

However, genes affect much more than just the way we look. The latest research in human genetics revealed some surprising traits that can be passed down from our parents. Check out these 10 interesting traits you never knew you got from your parents.

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1. Your academic success can be attributed to traits passed down from your parents.

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According to recent research, your academic success is, in fact, 55% attributed to your genetic inheritance. There are countless genes that directly influence a person’s learning ability and performance in school. If your mother and father demonstrated great skills in school growing up, chances are you have the ability to tap into that potential!

2. If you inherited color blindness, you can thank your mother!

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Color blindness, or the inability to tell the difference between specific colors, is one of those traits directly inherited from your genetic line. This particular gene is often passed down from mothers to their sons. In general, men are more likely to suffer from this trait as it is directly linked to a defect in a single X chromosome from the maternal genetic contribution. Women are less likely to experience this trait as they have an extra ‘back up’ X chromosome passed down from their paternal line.

3. Even social traits such as popularity are inherited from our parents.

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This might sound surprising but even a person’s social behavior is linked back to their genetic backup. Research from Harvard studies concluded that during the early stages of human society, those who retained valuable information related to food and protection received priority among the group’s attention. These successful individuals in turn, passed down their genetic makeup to generations that followed. People who posses these inherited social characteristics are more likely to gain popularity within their social groups and tend to have more friends. Deeply rooted genetic influences such as there are still a major topic of research.

4. Dietary intolerance such as the inability to digest lactose is an inherited trait.

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Although it may sound surprising, statistics show that 65% of the adult population have some degree of lactose intolerance. This phenomena is directly linked to a specific gene. As all mammals need milk to survive and grow during their younger years, their bodies are equipped with a specific enzyme that helps with the digestion of lactose. As they age however, they begin to loose this ability. Surprisingly enough, there are only a portion of people who retain their lactose tolerance as a result of their inherited genes.

5. Despite lifestyle routines, high cholesterol is yet another trait you can inherit.

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It is a common belief that conditions such as high cholesterol levels can be induced by an unhealthy lifestyle and dietary choices. Although this is true, research has shown a significant link between such issues and a person’s basic genetic makeup. Statistics have shown that for every 500 people, one will have a genetic mutation that results in the buildup of cholesterol in the blood. These individuals tend to have higher levels of cholesterol regardless of dietary restrictions or exercise.

6. Although we all have our own personalities, certain preferences including your love for coffee can be linked back to your parents

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Are you an avid coffee drinker? Well you can blame that on your genes too! A comparative study between people who need coffee and those who simply don’t has shown that certain people are equipped with genes that reduce the speed at which they process caffeine. This means that those individuals do not need to regularly rely on caffeinated drinks such as coffee to get that extra boost of energy.

7. Your driving abilities are another surprising trait that stems back to your parents.

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The common theory that some people are simply born to drive has officially been confirmed. Although you may learn the rules and even pass all required driving tests, there are those who have an innate upper hand. There are certain genes that influence necessary characteristics of a good driver including response time, memory, and the ability to properly orientate yourself. For those who lack any of these particular skill sets or tend to easily get distracted, driving may be more of a daily challenge. Research has shown that 30% of the general population posses these driving genes!

8. Severe medical issues such as maturity-onset diabetes in adolescents can be inherited.

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It is more common for adults to develop type 2 diabetes later in life due to their overall lifestyle and dietary choices. However, this is not the case for everyone, as type 2 diabetes does affect both adolescents and younger children despite having active lifestyles. This condition is referred to as maturity-onset diabetes which is a direct result of a particular genetic mutation.

9. Although many men look to their fathers for a glimpse of their future hairline, Male pattern baldness is actually inherited from your maternal genes.

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Male pattern baldness is yet another gene linked to the X chromosome. As is the case with color blindness, mothers pass this gene on to their sons while women have a second X chromosome added to their genetic mix. However, keep in mind that balding can be induced by many other factors including stress, diet, environmental factors, as well as many other genes not linked to the X chromosome.

10. Issues with sight, including shortsightedness, can be passed down from our parents

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The chances that someone develops this particular trait ties into their inherited genes. In cases where both parents suffer from shortsightedness, their children are at a 50% risk of developing this trait as well.

Although many physical and behavioral traits have deep seeded roots with our genetic inheritance, scientists claim that our environment and daily habits have just as much of an effect on us as our genes, if not more. For example, too much time spent straining our eyes with brightly lit computer screens can greatly increase our risk of developing conditions such as shortsightedness.