Study: The season you were born in impacts risk of celiac disease

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A new study has found that where and when you were born impacts one's risk for celiac disease.

Celiac disease influences a person's ability to digest gluten.

The study focused on around 2 million children born in Sweden from 1991 to 2009. Nearly 7,000 of the kids studied were diagnosed with celiac disease before age 15.

The study found that children born during the fall (September - November, summer (June- August), and spring (March-May) were more at risk to be diagnosed with the disease than those born in winter.

The researchers found that "seasonal-related risk varied by region" -- where in Sweden the children were born had also impacted their diagnosis.

Why exactly does weather and place matter?

Doctor Fredinah Namatovu, who works in global health at Umea University, suggested that ""One hypothesis for increased (celiac disease) risk and spring/summer birth is that those infants are more likely to be weaned and introduced to gluten during autumn/winter, a time characterized by exposure to seasonal viral infections."

Another possible impact was the levels of vitamin D, due to sun.

More research is necessary to conclude the cause and effect relationship of season and celiac disease.

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