Are you actively planning a family? If so, take notice: The time of year your child is born has a scientifically measurable effect on how long he or she will live. While there may not be a magic potion to guarantee we'll live to an old age (yet), according to new research out of the University of Chicago, simply timing your baby to be born in the fall greatly increases its odds of surviving past 100 years of age.
The study looked at data from 1,500 centenarians born between 1880 and 1895. The research showed that people born in September and November specifically seemed most likely to make it past 100 years of age. Fewer 100-year-olds were born in March, May, and July than the other months.
What accounts for the seasonal difference? The most popular hypothesis has to do with diseases: That is, having a baby catch the common cold very early in life may better help protect it from disease later in life. Seasonal hormone fluctuations could also have an impact, scientists say.
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