Birth seasons could impact risk of coeliac disease

September 5, 2016

Researchers at Sweden’s Umeå University have studied the coeliac disease and different factors, e.g., an environmental one. Additionally, they investigated the connection between the time of year a person is born and the risk of developing a coeliac disease during the first 15 years of life.

Swedish scientists have looked at the variations of risks depending on where in Sweden people were born. The researchers were interested in the link between a risk of coeliac disease and birth season. For this, The researchers analyzed the diagnosis date and the birth months: national health registers gave info about 1.9 million children born from 1991 to 2009 in Sweden.

A coeliac disease (CD), also called a gluten allergy, had been diagnosed through intestinal biopsies from children. The researchers found that a risk of CD was higher among children born in the spring (highest), summer and fall. Winter kids weren’t vulnerable to the gluten allergy. According to the professor Geir Aamodt at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, this first study needs more deep researches:

“This indicates a big variation in the data. This means that the results could be random findings and that there are no certain correlations between risk of coeliac disease and birthdates.”