Maybe we should start saying "Happy Birthmonth!" rather than "Happy Birthday!" because the month in which you were born may be more significant than the day.
A new study from Columbia University Medical Center shows that your risk for 55 diseases — such as ADHD, asthma, and heart disease — is related to your birth month.
By analyzing 1.7 million New York patients and 1,600 diseases between 1985 and 2013, they found that those who were born in May have the lowest risk of getting any of these diseases. October babies (like me) have the highest risk. Yikes.
More specifically, the team found that people born in March face the highest risk of several types of heart conditions; July and October babies are at the highest risk of asthma; and November kids are most likely to have ADHD.
But no need to fret, fellow Libras.
"The risk related to birth month is relatively minor when compared to more influential variables like diet and exercise," said co-author Nicholas P. Tatonetti in a statement.
So, as long as you take care of yourself, your birth month doesn't really matter. But hey, feel free to use it as an excuse to celebrate your birthday for the whole month.
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