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Fall babies more likely to still be standing at 100


Those born between September and November better start squirreling away for the long haul, as it appears from a study done by researchers at the University of Chicago they could be around to see more winters than those born in other seasons.

Leonid Gavrilov and Natalia Gavrilova examined birth and death records for those born between 1880 and 1895 who lived to see centenarian status and compared the data to their spouses and siblings who would have experienced similar environments both physical and socioeconomic. Those people born in March, May and July were least likely to reach 100, while the autumn babies were most likely to survive.

“The most popular hypothesis to explain the finding is that seasonal infections in early life are creating long-lasting damage to human health,” says Gavrilov, who recently presented his work at the Population Association of America annual meeting in San Francisco. Other possible explanations include seasonal vitamin deficiency or seasonal variation of hormone levels, he says.

Though this research was focused on the U.S. population, a similar study performed in Germany found the same result.

Well, at least this gives autumn children enough time to make an appointment with the financial advisor as this year’s birthday present to themselves.

Full story at Journal of Aging Research via New Scientist.

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