Research suggests that our genes may play a bigger role in our health than diet or lifestyle

April 26, 2011

It was previously thought that diet played a bigger role in our health than genes, but new research suggests that our genes count more than our diet or lifestyle.

Scientists at the University of London discovered that 57 per cent of girls start their periods within three months of the date that their mothers did. Scientists have also found that about 70 to 80 per sent of the risk for migraines is genetic.

Several studies including one by the US National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health have found that there is a 10 per cent risk we will inherit depression from our mother. Scientists found that a mutant gene, called tryptophan hydroxylase-2, might play a role in depressive illnesses.

A UK study discovered that people with two copies of a fat version of the gene FTO had a 70 per cent higher risk of obesity than those with no copies. Several studies, including one published in the International Journal Of Obesity in 2009, suggest a strong link between mother and daughter and father and son obesity — but no link across the gender divide

It’s also been discovered that we’re more likely to suffer from depression, arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer’s, the menopause and breast cancer if our mother gets them.


Do women inherit their mother’s health? From breast cancer to obesity, how your genes count more than your lifestyle—Daily Mail

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