What Your Birthday Says About Your Health

Some believe that the month in which a person is born can determine their personality. Now, according to a new study, a person’s birth month may also determine the state of their health.

Scientists at Columbia University compared the birth dates and medical records of 1.7 million patients treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/CUMC between 1985 and 2013. In total, they looked at 1,688 diseases.

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The study ruled out more than 1,600 associations between birth month and disease risk, but the data confirmed 39 suspected links between birthday and disease risk — and uncovered 16 new associations, including nine kinds of heart disease.

So, what does your health horoscope look like? If you were born in the winter (January through March), you may have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and lower risk of neurological, respiratory, and reproductive conditions. If you were born in the fall (October through December), you are more likely to have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but a higher risk of neurological, respiratory, and reproductive conditions. Otherwise, your birth month could set you up for any of the risks in the list below.

The study authors attribute the risks to the environment in which your mom was exposed to while she was pregnant, which could compromise your immune system, explains co-study author Mary Regina Boland, a Ph.D. student at Columbia University Medical Center.

While these findings are certainly telling, it’s not wise to sit back and do nothing about your health if you were born during a low-risk birth month. It’s also not wise to freak out if you were born in a high-risk birth month.

What your birthday says about your health risks:

January
– High blood pressure
– Heart disease
 

February
-Malignant lung/bronchus tumors
-Choking
 

March
-Irregular heartbeat
-Heart disease and circulatory issues
 

April
-Chest pain
-Heart issues
 

May
-None
 

June
-Chest pain
-Asthma
 

July
-None

 

August
-Eye infections

 

September
-Respiratory infections
-Ear infections
-Fever and vomiting
-Asthma
-Adjustment and physiological disorders
-Complications in pregnancy and childbirth
October
-Lung and respiratory infections
-Sore throat
Viral infections
-Insect bites
-Perineal tears during delivery
-Nearsightedness/farsightedness
-Heavy periods
-Stomach issues
-Postpartum depression

 

November
-Viral disease
-ADHD
Colon issues
-Difficulty getting pregnant/carrying to full-term
-Pain ciller dependency
-Vaginal issues
-Diarrhea
-Tonsillitis
-Learning difficulties
 
December
-Bruising

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