Diabetes Linked to Birth Month

Is it possible that the chance of developing diabetes depends in part on what month you happened to be born in? Dr. Greene explores.

Does astrology affect diabetes? A study in Sweden found that the month of a child’s birth affects the risk of whether that child will one day develop diabetes (Arch Dis Child 1999;81:143-146).

Diabetes Linked to Birth Month

The researchers looked at all children born in their region over a 30-year period, and there was a distinct seasonal variation that went beyond the random variation one might expect. This suggests that early environmental exposures (perhaps even before the baby is born) trigger the eventual development of this autoimmune disease.

Those born in October are the least likely to develop the disease. August is the highest risk month.

Published on: August 24, 1999
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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