The month of birth indicates the risk of suffering from certain diseases

Some researchers believe that the month of our birth is linked to the trends that mark our health and our way of relating to the environment. Such theories emphasize the importance of stimuli received during the months of gestation and the first days after birth, and this sequence of stimuli might be different depending on the time of year they extend.

The month of birth indicates the risk of suffering from certain diseases

Consistent with this type of hypothesis, a group of researchers at Columbia University investigated whether there is a correlation between the month of birth and the risk of suffering from a list of illnesses. Their results seem to match what they wanted to demonstrate and were recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Stats things

This team of researchers used as raw material the information already existing in the databases and correlations between time of birth and propensity to each disease by applying an algorithm.

Analysis of the statistical data made it possible to verify that, of the 1,688 diseases presented in the sample (1,749,400 people born between 1985 and 2013 recorded in the New York databases), 55 were linked to the month of birth. of the group of individuals. In addition, of these 55 correlations between time of birth and risk of disease, 19 had already been found in previous studies and 20 are linked to these 19.

Months and illnesses

The disease risk correlations found are, for each month of birth, as follows:

1. gener: cardiomyopathy and hypertension.

2. February: Lung or bronchial cancer.

3. March: Arrhythmias, heart failure and mitral valve disorder.

4. April: angina.

5. Can: No higher risk of contracting any disease was found due to the birth this month.

6. June: Preinfarction syndrome.

7. July: asthma.

8. August: Like the group of people born in May, no particular risk of suffering from any disease was observed.

9. September: Vomiting.

ten. October: Sexually transmitted diseases, lung infections and insect bites.

11. November: Arrhythmia, mitral valve disorder and lung cancer.

12. December: Hematomas only.

Don’t let the alarms ring!

These data must be taken with a critical sense. As has been said a thousand times, correlation does not mean causalityAnd there’s no indication that being born in one month or another implies that we all have some of these diseases dormant, waiting to manifest.

This study simply uses the month of birth as a yardstick to predict how often certain diseases occur in the group of people born at any time of the year. However, this is not a case study: it focuses on a collective phenomenon that can only be interpreted as a trend that can only appear in very large groups of people.

Bibliographical references:

  • Boland, MR, Shahnn, Z., Madigan, D., Hripsack, G., and Tatonetti, NP (2015). The month of birth influences the risk of lifelong disease: one method of the whole phenomenon. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, online consultation. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocv046

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