FROM a fondness for alcohol to a wandering gaze or how much we like to exercise, genes really are responsible for a lot of our behavior.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that DNA determines whether someone loves alcohol and even what drink they prefer.
Claire Dunwell and Ife Taiwo reveal what other traits you’ve likely inherited. . .
They use coffee as a crutch
IF you’re having a hard time functioning without a caffeine hit, your genes could be at play.
A study published in the journal Scientific Reports states that the PDSS2 gene causes people to drink less coffee.
The theory was that they needed lower amounts to feel alert and happy than their coffee-dependent peers.
You have a roving eye
According to one study, SONs of promiscuous fathers are twice as likely to cheat.
Research on zebra finches published in Proceedings Of The National Academy of Sciences found that some males have the “Playboy gene,” a variant of the DRD4 gene that causes thrill seekers.
They took the “care” part out of the study by laying eggs in the nests of foster parent birds.
If the genetic parents showed “extra mating behavior”, so did the offspring.
you hate the gym
HOW many times have you heard that exercise makes you feel good – but you just don’t get it?
If you lack motivation when it comes to exercise, maybe it’s not your fault.
Findings from University of Georgia researchers suggest that some of us may have a gene that disrupts the release of dopamine, the feel-good hormone, that is triggered by exercise.
Another study published in Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise found that about 25 percent of us have a genetic trait that slows the production or reuptake of exercise-induced dopamine, making exercise an unsatisfactory task.
You can not sleep
No matter what sleep tricks you try, just can’t get a good night’s sleep?
Well, that could be inherited from your mother.
A University of Warwick study found that children born to mothers with insomniacs do not sleep as long or as deeply. However, if your father has insomnia, it will not have the same effect.
More evidence shows we may be genetically predisposed to be morning larks or night owls — researchers have found that there are 351 points in your genetic makeup that can affect our waking and sleeping habits.
You have a high pain threshold
REDHEADS not only inherited their redhead curls from their parents – they also tolerate pain better than blondes and brunettes.
Researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark injected subjects with capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, and found that redheads tolerated spicy food and the discomfort of a needle prick better.
However, various research suggests that the world’s redheads – two percent of the population – are more sensitive to cold and less responsive to injected forms of anesthetics.
You have a sweet tooth
IF you can’t resist sugary snacks, it might not just be willpower.
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, looked at the genes of 6,500 people and found that those who had one of two variants of the FGF21 gene were about 20 percent more likely to have a sweet tooth.
They also found that the same genetic variation is present in people who are naturally low in body fat.
But think twice before gobbling down three donuts at once, as people who have this variant are also more likely to develop high blood pressure and a fat waistline.
you hate garlic
WHILE upbringing has long been thought to determine our love or hate of food, researchers at King’s College London have found a strong link between personal taste and genes.
They studied the eating habits of more than 3,000 twins and found that identical twins, who share 100 percent of their genes, are more likely to prefer the same foods than fraternal twins, whose genetic makeup is closer to that of common siblings.
But trying things out and environmental factors also influence preferences.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/6030428/love-booze-cheat-traits-genetics/ From a love of alcohol to promiscuity, the traits you likely inherited from your parents