Living Longer


Story Updated: Jul 12, 2012

Many people check their daily horoscopes...predictions based on their birthdates.

But have you ever wondered if your birth month can predict your life expectancy?

A new study, published in the Journal of Aging Research, compared computerized family histories of more than 1500 centenarians with their shorter-lived siblings and spouses. Brothers and sisters shared common childhood conditions and genetic background, while husbands and wives shared a common environment.

The study found the chances of living to 100 depended on the month of birth...and seasonal influences.

People born in the Fall September through November -- had a much higher likelihood of making it to the century mark...compared to those born in March. Being born in the spring months in general was associated with decreased chances of making it to 100.

According to the Census Bureau, America's population of centenarians has roughly doubled in the past few years and is projected to at least double again by 2020.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news you can use for a healthier living.

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