Thursday 24 August 2017

How your horoscope could be right about long-term health

Horoscopes have long been ridiculed by science, but a new study suggests the month of your birth really can affect long-term health. Stock photo: GETTY
Horoscopes have long been ridiculed by science, but a new study suggests the month of your birth really can affect long-term health. Stock photo: GETTY

Sarah Knapton

Horoscopes have long been ridiculed by science, but a new study suggests the month of your birth really can affect long-term health.

Spanish scientists mapped birth month to 27 chronic diseases to see if it made a difference, and were amazed to find it has a significant impact for certain conditions.

Men who were born in September, for example, were almost three times more likely to suffer thyroid problems compared with those born in January. Male August babies had almost double the risk of asthma in comparison to those born at the beginning of the year.

Likewise, women born in July were 27pc more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure, and were at 40pc increased risk of incontinence.

The study, by the University of Alicante, also found that some months had a significant protective effect on health. Men born in June were 34pc less likely to suffer depression and 22pc less likely to be diagnosed with lower back pain.

Yet there were significant spikes of depression for men in May and December.

Women born in June had a 33pc lower risk of migraines, and 35pc less chance of experiencing menopause problems.

Overall, babies born in September appeared to have the least chance of being diagnosed with any chronic disease. Men were 33pc less likely to have any condition, and women 33pc less likely.

The researchers speculate that levels of vitamin D from sunshine, as well as seasonal illness could be behind the variance, by either boosting the body's inner defences or harming them early on.

The research was published in the journal 'Medicina Clinica'. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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