New study: month of birth influences susceptibility to disease
In the past few years, various scientific studies have concluded that the time of our birth has a significant impact on our later life. A new study from Spain now shows that the month of birth can affect our health.
The time of birth influences later life
According to scientific studies, the time of birth can have a significant impact on our later life. For example, researchers from the University of Cambridge reported last year that the month of birth had a significant impact on health. According to British scientists, children born in the summer are slightly heavier at birth. In addition, puberty begins later in girls. According to the experts, both factors have an impact on health. Spanish researchers have now published a study that shows a connection between the month of birth and the susceptibility to chronic diseases.
Data from almost 30,000 people were evaluated
Scientists from Columbia University in New York published a study two years ago that evaluated data from 1.7 million people. This showed a clear influence of the month of birth on the risk of illness. This was evident in 55 diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, asthma or ADHD.
The latest study from Spain included data from more than 29,000 people. Researchers at the University of Alicante have identified a relationship between the month of birth and the risk of 27 different chronic diseases.
The results of the work were published in the medical journal "Medicina Clinica".
Relationship between month of birth and disease susceptibility
"In this study, we demonstrated a significant association between the month of birth and the occurrence of various chronic diseases and long-term health problems," study author, Professor Jose Antonio Quesada, is quoted by the British newspaper "Express".
The differences are explained by the fact that, among other things, UV radiation turns out differently over the course of the year and that this has an impact on vitamin D levels. In addition, pregnant women and their unborn babies are more often exposed to viruses in winter, for example.
However, the study authors also write: "Specific studies are required to better understand the relationships."
Differences between men and women
The research team also found clear differences between men and women.
It was found that male babies born in August were almost twice as likely to develop asthma than those born at the beginning of the year.
Men who were born in September were three times more likely to have thyroid problems than those born in January.
Boys born in June are 34 percent less likely to ever get depression than the rest, according to the study. In addition, they are 22 percent less likely to experience back pain.
And men born in August were almost twice as likely to develop asthma than those who saw the light of day at the beginning of the year.
Least Born in September
Women born in June were 33 percent less likely to get migraines. In addition, they were less likely to suffer from health problems associated with menopause.
July girls are 27 percent more likely to have hypertension later than anyone else.
Overall, babies born in September appeared to have the lowest risk of chronic illness.
A contribution from the British internet portal "netdoctor" lists the respective increased disease risks for the various months.
However, it should be noted that the month of birth does not necessarily have to have an impact on health.
The researchers only found that the statistical likelihood of some chronic diseases is higher in people born in certain months than in others. (ad)