A new research from Columbia University claims that the month you were born does have an impact on how likely you are to become ill—and it’s pretty interesting.
In order to find out the how the month of birth affects a person’s heath, the researchers created software to scour birth and medical records to look for links. After using the algorithm to examine New York City medical databases, they found 55 diseases that correlated with the season of birth.
“Overall, the Columbia University study indicated people born in May had the lowest disease risk, and those born in October the highest.
‘Lifetime disease risk is affected by birth month,’ the researchers wrote in in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.
‘Seasonally dependent early developmental mechanisms may play a role in increasing lifetime risk of disease. ‘
‘This data could help scientists uncover new disease risk factors,’ said author Nicholas Tatonetti.
The researchers now plan to replicate their study with data from several other locations in the U.S. and abroad to see how results vary with the change of seasons and environmental factors in those places,” writes MailOnline.
Though a small population was used, it’s interesting that there seems to be a correlation between the month of birth and a person’s health.
It’s just not about the knowing, the researchers hope that by identifying what’s causing disease disparities by birth month, they can figure out how they might close the gap. Earlier research on individual diseases such as ADHD and asthma suggested a connection between birth season and incidence, but no large-scale studies had been undertaken.
According to the study, if you were born in July and October, you face a high asthma risk. Check the chart below and find out where you sit—using your month of birth.