Are Summer Babies Healthier? – Be Ready For a Surprise

A Columbia University study indicated people born in May had the lowest disease risk, and those born in October the highest. Scientists compared 1,688 diseases to birth dates of 1.7m New Yorkers. ‘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 visualization maps the statistical relationship between birth month and disease incidence in the electronic records of 1.7 million New York City patients. (Credit: Dr. Nick Tatonetti/Columbia University Medical Center)
This data visualization maps the statistical relationship between birth month and disease incidence in the electronic records of 1.7 million New York City patients. (Credit: Dr. Nick Tatonetti/Columbia University Medical Center)

By identifying what’s this effect, the researchers hope to figure out how they use it to positively change public health.

The researchers also found a relationship between birth month and nine types of heart disease, with people born in March facing the highest risk for atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, and mitral valve disorder. One in 40 atrial fibrillation cases may relate to seasonal effects for a March birth. A previous study using Austrian and Danish patient records found that those born in months with higher heart disease rates—March through June—had shorter life spans.”

Though there is no consensus on what this means for you or your baby. It is worth noting that depending on when your child as born they may be predisposed to certain issues throughout life.

 

More information available at the source articles:

DailyMail Article

Columbia University Article



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