Checking daily horoscopes is a fun and interesting pastime for lots of people, but not many take them very seriously.
It's really hard believed that our birth month has any influence over our life either, but according to a new study published in the Medicina Clínica journal, chronic diseases that we develop as adults may have something to do with the months in which we're born.
Studying just under 29,500 individuals representing the Spanish population, researchers set out to determine whether there were any links between birth months and 27 common chronic diseases -- and they definitely found some.
“In this study, we have evidenced 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 told The Telegraph. “The patterns reported differed clearly by sex, presenting associations of the month of birth with more diseases and with more magnitude in men than in women.”
Women with June birthdays were 33 percent less likely to get migraines and their chances of experiencing menopause issues were 35 percent lower than those born in other months, but they were at the highest risk for incontinence and high cholesterol. Men had a 34 percent lower risk of suffering from depression and were 22 percent less likely to be diagnosed with lower back pain, though their risk for osteoarthritis was higher.
What’s in a month for men?
- April - lowest risk of back pain
- May - more likely to suffer from depression
- June - 34 per cent less likely to suffer from depression and 22 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with lower back pain. However men born in June had a high risk of osteoarthritis.
- August - almost double the risk of asthma in comparison to those born at the beginning of the year
- September - three times more likely to suffer thyroid problems compared with those born in January. September appeared to have the least chance of being diagnosed with any chronic disease for both men and women.
- December - high risk of osteoarthritis & more likely to suffer from depression
Men born in August were nearly twice as likely to get asthma as those born at the beginning of the year.
Compared to those born in January, men born in September were almost three times more likely to have thyroid problems. On the other hand, men and women born in the same month were found to have the smallest chance of being diagnosed with any chronic diseases.
What’s in a month for women?
- June - 33 per cent lower risk of migraine and 35 per cent less chance of experiencing menopause problems. However, incontinence and high cholesterol were highest in women born in June.
- September - appeared to have the least chance of being diagnosed with any chronic disease for both men and women.
- November - less likely to suffer from menopausal problems
Researchers believe the link between chronic diseases and birth months may be explained by early exposure to certain environmental factors in the womb and in the first few months of life, such as levels of vitamin D from the sunshine and seasonal illnesses which could affect future health. However, it's important to mention that they say more specific studies are needed to better understand these associations.
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