As superstitious as it sounds, there have already been a number of different studies focusing on the birth month of a person and its influence on their health, birth weight, life and even the onset of puberty.
People who were born in the first month of the year suffer more than average from high blood pressure, lung cancer and heart disease. Furthermore, type 2 diabetes and obesity are twice as common among these people as it is among those born in another month. Several studies have also concluded that people born in January and December are more likely to suffer from depression and schizophrenia. The darkest winter months responsible for vitamin D deficiency can lead to feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Having said all that, on average, these people do have a high life expectancy.
Many people born in February suffer from a weakened immune system. This can lead to pollen allergies, for example. In addition, lung and prostate cancer as well as vascular calcification (calcium build up) occur more often among these individuals. On the upside, people who were born in February are rarely bitten by insects and are usually spared from respiratory diseases.
People born in March often suffer from angina pectoris (chest pain). In addition, the extremes of either being overweight or anorexic occur very frequently among women. The area of weakness for people born in March is the heart. They often suffer from ventricular fibrillation, heart valve disorders and heart failure. Vascular calcifications and prostate cancer are also prevalent among people born in March. Like those born in February, men and women born in March suffer from pollen allergies.
People born in April have an increased risk of developing cancer. Cardiac diseases as well as lung and respiratory illnesses also occur more than usual. They also tend to suffer more from sore throats, but less frequently from bronchitis. Well into their adult lives, they often take a pessimistic view of the world and become depressed. That's why alcohol dependence can be an issue here.
First of all, the good news is that people born in May and July aren't as sick as often as those born in another month. The probability of developing cancer is also significantly lower. However, their multiple sclerosis risk is increased and they suffer more from hypertension and gluten intolerance. Those born in May are often depressed in old age. The suicide rate is 17 per cent higher for them than for those born in autumn or winter.
When people born in June feel stressed, they often suffer from a lack appetite. In addition, the risk of becoming anorexic is 30% above the average. The risk of old age diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease is very high. However, it should be noted that people born in June rarely develop cancer or have heart attacks. They're also very optimistic people and have a cheerful outlook on life.
Depression isn't such an issue for those born in July, with good moods all round! However, the digestive system as well as teeth and bones often suffer. In addition, type 1 diabetes is above average. It's also a curious fact that these people have fewer children than everyone else. Yet there's still reason to be happy: July births have the lowest risk of strokes and rarely develop cancer.
House dust mites often make the lives of people born in August difficult. In addition, conjunctival inflammations occur relatively frequently. However, these people have a very healthy heart which makes them less prone to strokes and heart attacks. Cancer and asthma don't play a role in the lives of those born August.
September babies often have to fight with neurodermatitis in their childhood. However, this disappears with time. Furthermore, those born in September are less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease or tonsillitis. Yet they often suffer more from stomach-related problems, bacterial respiratory infections and house dust mite allergies.
If you were born in this month, you must be quite strong by now. October children struggle with all kinds of health issues including bone fractures, osteoporosis and tooth decay, to name some of the most frequent afflictions. In addition, vein problems, asthma and other respiratory diseases occur above average for these people. Nevertheless, there's no reason to feel too despondent, since people born in October tend to live very long lives and are at low risk of developing prostate cancer, heart disease and hypertension.
Acute bronchitis, viral infections, neurodermatitis, neurological disorders and ADHD are common issues for November births. However, they aren't so affected by typical nationwide diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Anyone who has a birthday in November can look forward to an above average life expectancy. In addition, people who were born in November tend to reproduce well.
Anyone whose birthday month is December often has welts and bruises, as the risk of injury is particularly high. Psychological abnormalities such as schizophrenia and manic depression are found particularly frequently among these people (eight per cent above the average). Those born in December live a particularly long life and are often spared from old age diabetes as well as heart disease.
Babies born in the summer are often heavier, taller and healthier by the time they're adults. Furthermore, puberty sets in at a later stage. This is the result of a survey conducted among 45,000 participants, which was published in Heliyon. It's interesting to note that late puberty is commonly associated with a better state of health.
The strong immune systems of those born in the summertime are attributed to the mother's increased vitamin D intake during pregnancy. In addition, summer babies are exposed to the sun much earlier than those born in the winter. However, the extent to which the effect of vitamin D actually has on health during pregnancy and the first months of life still needs to be researched in long-term studies.
Scientists do however like to point out that there are many factors that run parallel to these study results on birth months and their influence on diseases and life expectancies. Of course, a healthy lifestyle as well as genetic factors play a decisive role in your overall health.