Study Ties Birth Month to Risk of Disease
Is there a link between the month in which you were born and the likelihood of developing a disease? Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) say yes, according to an algorithm they've created.
The algorithm, called SeaWAS, analyzed birth-month dependencies across all diseases and confirmed previously suggested links between birth month and certain diseases, such as ADHD, asthma, colitis, eye conditions, and others. The algorithm was able to rule out 1,600 associaltions between diseases and a birth month, but discovered 16 new connections, including nine related to cardiovascular disease.
Some of the other findings include:
- October is the worst month in terms of disease risk, while May is the best.
- People with March birthdays statistically face the highest risk for atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, and mitral valve disorder – possibly influencing one in every 40 cases of atrial fibrillation.
- Links between November births and ADHD have been found, while asthma risk is greatest for July or October birth months.
The researchers noted that although their study showed significant associations between birth month and disease, the overall risk was relatively minor compared to factors such as diet and exercise.