Summertime rocks, for so many reasons, and we're always sad to see it go. Now there's evidence that summer may have another benefit for those born during the months of June through August: better health.
After studying data from 450,000 U.K. citizens between the ages of 40 and 69, scientists in Great Britain found that those born in the summer tended to have a healthier birth weight (between roughly 5.5 and 8 pounds), be taller, and, for women, go through puberty later. All three factors lead to healthier outcomes later in life by lowering the risk to certain diseases, like breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Scientists aren't quite sure what triggers the health benefits, though they suspect it could be more exposure to sun, and more importantly, vitamin D, during crucial months in a baby-to-be's development. That will be the next area of research, Dr. John Perry, one of the lead scientists in the study, told CNN.com.
That doesn't mean you're doomed to a life of illness if you were born during one of the other seasons. Said Dr. Perry: "There are hundreds of factors that determine your future health and there are millions of things that influence birth weight [and] height. Keep in mind it is complicated, but it is an interesting piece of the jigsaw puzzle of biology."
via Today.com and CNN.com
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