Birth month may predict your risk for certain diseases

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - “What’s your sign?” may be used for more than a pick-up line according to a new study. The Journal of American Medical Informatics Association found new information on how your birth month can affect your risk of disease.

Travis Loux, assistant professor of Bio-statistics for St. Louis University, explains that a correlation does not necessarily mean there is a cause and effect relationship.

The study looked at 2 million records from patients in New York born over the last century.

Ten cardiovascular diseases were tied to people's birth month, with people born during the winter months generally having the highest risk, the researchers said. For example, both cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease) and hypertension (high blood pressure) were highest among those who were January babies, and lowest among people born in September and October.

The study also found that the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was higher in people born during the later months of the year, with the risk peaking for those born in November.

May was the least likely month to get a disease and October was the most likely.

There are many other factors influencing likelihood of contracting diseases from ethnicity to socioeconomic factors.