You might have heard the phrase: “It runs in the family”.
While this could mean specific skills or talents that have been passed from the older generation to the young, this could also include inheriting diseases from your parents. In such cases, the carrier is almost always the father.
Fathers pass to their kids some of the traits they have than the mothers do.
Aside from that, there are some other traits that your father pass down to you that you’re probably unaware of.
7 Traits You Might Have Inherited From Your Father:
1. The risk of coronary heart disease.
Naturopathic doctor Jen Stagg said that sons can actually inherit a gene from their fathers that have the potential of increasing their risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
A coronary artery disease is a condition where the delivery of oxygen to the heart is decreased due to narrowed blood vessels.
Stagg’s understanding has been supported by a study led by the University of Leicester that this disease may be passed by the father to their son.
2. The state of your mental health.
Although the mother has the capacity to pass mental health conditions like schizophrenia, ADHD, or bipolar disorder to their children, older fathers are likely to pass genetic mutations of all kinds because they continue to produce new sperm as they age; unlike the mothers who have all their eggs from birth.
Thus, fathers who have schizophrenia or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD are likely to pass these conditions unto their children.
3. Dental issues.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, children can inherit their tooth size, jaw size, and the shape of their teeth from either parent as these things are all genetic.
But because the genes of the father are more dominant than that of the mother, any dental issues faced by the father are likely to get inherited by the children, Stagg said.
4. Fertility problems.
Fathers who are conceived through a fertility treatment like intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may have low quality sperm and are likely to pass their struggles with infertility on to their sons.
5. Your gender.
The baby’s gender is highly dependent on the father’s sperm. If the sperm carries an X chromosome and teams up with the mother’s X chromosome, the result is a baby girl. While a sperm carrying a Y chromosome results in the conception of a baby boy.
6. The color of your eyes.
Eye colors are determined by the recessive genes and the dominant genes. The recessive genes carry lighter colors like blue or green, while brown eyes are caused by dominant genes.
If both of your parents have lighter eyes, so are your eyes too. But if your father has darker eyes, you are likely to inherit it.
7. Your height.
Your height, which is largely determined by genetics, is likely inherited from both of your parents. But then this is a subject still explored by science.
When You’re Worried About Your Genetic History
If certain diseases run through your family, experts advise visiting with a genetic counselor who can help in working with potential cause for concern.
Educating yourself about your family history before having children is the best step to take. The information you can gather from both sides of your family will serve as a basis for seeing patterns or red flags you might want to talk with your doctor.