Can the month in which you were born determine the diseases you are more likely to develop?
A new video from Tech Insider takes a look at a recent Columbia University Medical Center study that analyzed the medical records of nearly 2 million patients. In this study, they discovered a link between the month you were born and your risk of getting a disease.
According to Tech Insider's video, "people born in October and November were more likely to get sick, especially from respiratory diseases." The study also showed that babies born in November were more susceptible to neurological and reproductive diseases.
May and July birthdays, you're in luck. Research from Columbia University's Data Science Institute (CUDSI) suggests that you're least likely at risk for illness.
While CUDI's study did not list every month prone to disease, they did share this fascinating data visualization map that shows the link between birth month and disease found in nearly 2 million New Yorkers.
Senior author of the study Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, an assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and Columbia's Data Science Institute, says you shouldn't worry too much about these findings.
In a public statement from CUMC, Dr. Tatonetti said, "It's important not to get overly nervous about these results because even though we found significant associations the overall disease risk is not that great."
Yes, the month in which you were born may make you more prone for certain diseases, but it's not the biggest factor. Family history, where you were born, what you put in your body and a multitude of other variables help determine risk as well.
Dr. Tatonetti says that a healthy diet and exercise routine play the biggest role in living a healthy life. He told the CMUC Newroom, "The risk related to birth month is relatively minor when compared to more influential variables like diet and exercise."