What Are The Zodiac Signs For Good Health?

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What Are The Zodiac Signs For Good Health?

September 21, 2011

If you re male, and you have an autumn birthday, you may be a little more likely to smoke. Why? And why are young people born between April and July more susceptible to Type 1 diabetes? Of course, the answer isn t astrology but it might be meteorology!

Recently, scientists have hypothesized that the correlation between your birth month and a variety of illnesses (including diabetes, nicotine addiction, asthma, and mental illness) has to do with the amount of sunlight your mom enjoyed when she was pregnant with you. Here are some recent findings in this vein:

1. Nicotine Addiction

A Finnish study found that men born in September, October, and November had an increased risk of becoming chain smokers. For males born in autumn, scientists suspect that the smaller number of daylight hours during their mothers’ pregnancies and shortly after birth may have long-term effects on the development of their neurotransmitter systems, particularly their dopamine receptors. Dopamine, a chemical produced by the brain, is part of what creates a mental craving for drugs. Nicotine and other addictive drugs release dopamine into the brain’s pleasure and reward center. This is what gives smokers a mild “high”—and what makes quitting so hard.

It’s possible that gender also impacts the development of dopamine receptors. Studies show that women born in winter have a decreased risk of nicotine addiction. Also, in a nationwide survey of 43,000 Americans, alcohol dependence was found to be more common in men born in autumn, but not women.

Studies by the CDC in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health have found type 1 diabetes to be more common in children and teens born from April through July. Mom’s vitamin D levels during pregnancy may be the critical link between birth month and diabetes, according to researchers.

Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is manufactured in the body after exposure to sunlight. So an expectant mother’s vitamin D levels are lowest in winter months. For babies born in late spring or early summer, this means less vitamin D in vitro during the time when their beta cells are developing. And babies with poorly developed beta cells may ultimately be more susceptible to diabetes. (Over 13,000 youth are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year.)

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3. Celiac Disease

Vitamin D deficiency could also explain the prevalence of celiac disease among children with summer birthdays. Celiac disease causes sufferers’ immune systems to react to gluten-containing food by attacking villi (tiny projections in the small intestine) and interfering with nutrient absorption.

An alternative explanation: maternal viral infection during late fall and winter could be passed along, and if the fetus is genetically prone to celiac disease, the virus could affect the development of the villi.

Sunlight is a common thread amongst many illnesses linked to seasons of birth. So please don t forget to get your daily dose of sunshine! Experts recommend at least 10 to 15 minutes of direct sun 3 times a week, but there are variations depending on your latitude and skin color. Dietary supplements may be in order, so don t forget to check with your doctor .

So what do you say, readers? Do you think your health has been affected by your date of birth? Hit up our Facebook page and let us know in the comments!

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