If you thought the only thing your birth month determined was whether you’d have an indoor or outdoor celebration – think again.
A study published in Medicina Clinica suggests that the timing of your arrival into the world can influence your long-term health, after researchers at the University of Alicante analysed the birth month of nearly 30,000 people in relation to 27 chronic diseases.
When it came to men, they found that January born boys are more likely to suffer from constipation, lower back issues and stomach ulcers. Men born in February are likely to be affected by osteoarthritis, thyroid problems and Heart Conditions. Men born in March might see more cataracts, asthma and heart conditions. Those who celebrate a birthday in April might suffer from asthma, osteoporosis and Thyroid Problems. May babies are likely to suffer from Depression and Diabetes. Men born in June are likely to suffer from chronic bronchitis. If you arrived in July you’re likely to be affected by arthritis. August babies will often suffer from asthma while September born men suffer the same fate. Those born in October are likely to have migraines. If you’re born in November you might suffer more from Chronic skin issues and December babies are likely to be affected by depression.
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Overall, researchers say September is the ideal month to be born in, as babies born in this month had the lowest chance of being diagnosed with a chronic disease.
Professor Jose Antonio Quesada, who led the study, said birth month, “May behave as an indicator of periods of early exposure to various factors, such as exposure to ultraviolet rays, vitamin D, temperature, seasonal exposure to viruses and allergies which may affect the development of the uterus and neonate in their first months of life.”
If this seasonal influence is correct, us down here in the Southern Hemisphere are likely to have a different set of data given our seasons are switched.
The article Research Says The Month You're Born Could Affect Your Long-Term Health was originally appeared in Women's Health