Study suggests people born during solar peaks don't live as long

Being born during a year when there was a lot of solar activity may actually be a factor in how long you live, according to an extensive new study done in Norway.

Researchers analyzed looked at people in Norway over two centuries and compared one group that was born during solar peak years and another born during the lowest solar activity years. They found that people born during solar peaks lived on average 5.2 fewer years compared to the people born during the lowest solar activity years.

The scientists speculated that more solar activity brings UV radiation which affects pregnancies by disrupting regular folic acid and vitamin D levels. This disruption can carry consequences for successful delivery of pregnancies as well as for the adults born during these solar peaks as they might be more susceptible to diseases.

Recent solar peaks include the years 1957, 1968, 1979, 1989, 2000 and 2013 while the recent solar lows include 1954, 1964, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2008.

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Sourced from: LiveScience, Sun's Rays May Trim Lifespans