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Your Birth Month May Make You Prone to Certain Diseases: Study

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 03:18 PM


If you were born in May, congratulations. You have a lower risk of disease than people born in any other month, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. Sorry, October babies. You have the highest risk of disease.

Scientists examined New York City medical databases and found 55 diseases that were linked with the month of birth. "This data could help scientists uncover new disease risk factors," said Nicholas Tatonetti, Ph.D.

The researchers plan to repeat their study using data from other locations across the U.S. and abroad to see how birth months affect disease.

Previous studies have already linked birth months with risks of disease. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that people born in March and August faced a high risk of Crohn's disease, and a study at Vanderbilt University found that babies born in the fall had a higher risk of asthma.

In the current study, 1,688 diseases were compared to the birth dates and medical histories of 1.7 million patients treated at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/CUMC between 1985 and 2013. The study ruled out more than 1,600 associations and confirmed 39 links found in previous studies. They also discovered 16 new associations, including nine types of heart disease.

In total, 55 links were confirmed after researchers conducted statistical tests to make sure the associations didn't occur by chance. Early spring babies had the highest heart risks, while those born in the fall babies were found to face the highest risk for respiratory and neurological diseases.

"It's important not to get overly nervous about these results because even though we found significant associations the overall disease risk is not that great," said Dr. Tatonetti. "The risk related to birth month is relatively minor when compared to more influential variables like diet and exercise."


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