(Mirror Daily, United States) – A new scientific paper published in the journal Heliyon suggests summer-born kids will grow up to be healthier. Researchers could not explain yet why these children are healthier than winter-born babies, but they suspect the higher levels of vitamin D have a lot to do with it.
For their current medical research, scientists from the University of Cambridge, UK thought of the possible influences that birth months could have on the overall development of children and adults. For this reason, they have compared the growth rates and health records of 450,000 men and women from the United Kingdom. Their main goal was to determine how adults’ development differed based on the months in which they were born.
Surprisingly, researchers have discovered that children who were born during the summer months were taller at an adult age. Most participants, who admitted to have been born in June, July and August were also heavier at birth, researchers have added.
There have been many other observations that researchers have made during the experiment. They have proven that women who were born during the summer months had their puberty at a much later age and their overall health condition was better than women, who were born in other months of the year.
Although the findings of the current research are not conclusive, Dr. John Perry, the lead author of the study thinks the birth month could have significant influence on the development of adults. These children weigh more at birth and, consequently, they are less likely to develop infections, motor and social problems.
However, birth weight should not exceed the 5.5 – 8.8 pound limits, in doctors’ opinion. Children, who are too heavy can develop leukemia, diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
Height is also influenced by the birth month, according to the recent study. Summer-born children generally grow up taller than the rest of the babies and this keeps them protected against stroke, Alzheimer’s and heart diseases. Yet, taller men and women are more sensitive to type 1 diabetes and ovarian cancer, respectively.
Researchers could not explain why summer-born children tend to have weaker results in school. The study has revealed that the majority of the participants have faced learning-problems, but new valid explanation has been found yet. Investigators think the weaker school results are caused by the fact that summer-born children usually start school period earlier than the rest of the children.
Even though the current research represents a good starting point, medical experts recommend people not to take the findings for grounded. There are many factors that could cause diseases; people should not wrongfully assume that being born during the summer months will automatically protect them against all possible illnesses.
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