Checking daily horoscopes is a fun and interesting pastime for lots of people, but not many take them very seriously.
I've never really believed that my birth month has any influence over my 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.”
Men born in August were nearly twice as likely to get asthma as those born at the beginning of the year.
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 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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