Could our birth month influence development of osteoporosis?

30 Jun 2017

There have been a number of reports in the media recently about a new study suggesting our birth month could have an effect on our chances of developing certain diseases.

The study, carried out by the University of Alicante, appears to have found that men and women born in April, September and October have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis than those born at other times of the year. Other examples include those born in February being more prone to thyroid problems, and those born in July more likely to be asthmatic.

30,000 people were surveyed as part of the study, which asked if they had developed one of 27 chronic conditions, and mapped the responses by birth month. The month-by-month variations are believed to be down to seasonal changes in UV rays, vitamin D and viruses.

Sarah Leyland, Osteoporosis Nurse Consultant at the National Osteoporosis Society, said “it’s very difficult to know, with this type of study, what these associations mean and whether they are significant in any way”.

If you’d like to find out more about the different lifestyle choices and other factors that can contribute to your risk, take a look at our information on the well-established risk factors for osteoporosis.

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