What Does Your Eye Color Say About You?

Some researchers wanted to check if there is any relationship between our health or personality and the color of our eyes. Surprisingly there were a few interesting discoveries about health and personality. So, if you are curious, you can see what they found about people with your eye color.  Does it apply to you too?

What is you Eye Color?

Is it in a Light shade? If yes than it means you’re more competitive, less likely to have vitiligo. 

Australian researchers asked 336 participants of white European descent to complete questionnaires designed to measure personality factors. Agreeable factors were determined by how closely participants identified with statements such as “I make people feel at ease” or “I see myself as someone who is considerate and kind to almost everyone.” Those with dark eyes were more likely to be associated with words like “generosity, friendliness, and empathy” than light-eyed people, whose personalities were pegged less agreeable and more competitive. Though more research is needed, researchers suggest the results could have to do with evolutionary roots. Thousands of years ago, Northern Europeans may have found light-colored eyes exotic or more attractive and ideal for mating, possibly giving blue-eyed people a competitive edge.

In a University of Colorado School of Medicine study, researchers tracked nearly 3,000 people with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks healthy pigment cells and causes blotchy skin. Researchers identified 13 genes linked to a predisposition to vitiligo. They found that people with the disease were significantly less likely to have blue or gray eyes than those without it. Of the vitiligo patients, who were all of Non-Hispanic European ancestry, 43 percent had dark eyes, 30 percent had green or hazel eyes, and 27 percent had blue or gray eyes. This differed from typical eye color distribution among Americans of Non-Hispanic European descent, in which 52 percent have blue or grey eyes and only 27 percent have brown or tan eyes. Vitiligo patients are at higher risk for other autoimmune diseases such as lupus, type 1 diabetes, and thyroid disease.

…or is it in a Dark Shade? If this is the case, than you are less likely to have macular degeneration, have a lower melanoma risk, can be considered more trustworthy and drink less alcohol. 

Dark-colored irises might indicate you have a lower risk of skin cancer. In a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers took DNA samples and gathered sun exposure data from nearly 500 white children, ages 6 to 10, for four years. Children with the blue-eye gene were more likely to develop moles compared to children without the gene. (The number of moles people develop during childhood can predict risk of melanoma in adulthood.) Other research has found that people with blue or green eyes are at greater risk of melanomas of the eye, likely because they have less light-absorbing pigment to shield the eyes from sun damage. But no matter what color your eye pigment, it’s always a good idea to protect your eyes with large sunglasses or UV-absorbent contact lenses, says Quinn.

Some researchers wanted to check if there is any relationship between our health or personality and the color of our eyes. Surprisingly there were a few interesting discoveries about health and personality. So, if you are curious, you can see what they found about people with your eye color.  Does it apply to you too?

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