7 Things Your Birth Month Tells You About Your Health

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by: Mara Betsch
Baby in warm clothes in cold weather

Horoscopes are often seen as frivolous, predicting everything from your best characteristics to when you should ask for a raise to which complementary signs could include Mr. Right. But research shows that when you're born may also tell us so much more.

Though it's been speculated for decades, a recent study found, yet again, that when you were born can predict how healthy -- or unhealthy -- you'll be later in life. This particular bit of research looked at birth weights, puberty and height, but in June, a massive study analyzed more than a thousand diseases and their relationship with birth months. The results were surprising, showing significant correlations between several conditions and the seasons. It brought into question all the environmental factors you're exposed to both in the womb and in the first few months outside it.

Read through these seven things your birth month reveals about your health.

Just remember that this research is new, and just because you're born in a certain month doesn't mean you have a target on your back. "It's important not to get overly nervous about these results because even though we found significant associations the overall disease risk is not that great," Dr. Tatonetti, a researcher on the June 2015 study, was quoted in a press release. "The risk related to birth month is relatively minor when compared to more influential variables like diet and exercise"

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