Fall Babies May Be More Likely to Live to 100, Study Finds

Just in case you need another reason to love fall.

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From pumpkin spice lattes to haunted houses, autumn is good for a lot of things. And, according to one study, it's also an excellent time to be born.

The study, published in the Journal of Aging Research in 2011, found that the month a person is born in has "significant long-lasting effect on survival to age 100."

In it, researchers from the University of Chicago compared data on 1,500 centenarians born in the US between 1880 and 1895 with their shorter-lived siblings or spouses. They discovered that more centenarians were born in the autumn than in the spring. In fact, the majority were born between September and November, while the fewest number were born in March, May, and July.

While the reason behind this phenomenon remains a mystery, scientists do have a few theories. The most popular hypothesis involves seasonal illness, and the idea that being born in the fall exposes infants to sicknesses that ultimately impact their longevity.

But that's not to say that every fall baby should start planning their 100th birthday parties. There are a lot of factors that play into longevity, including diet, exercise, habits, and believe it or not, pet ownership. One study even suggests that tall women are likely to live longer than their diminutive peers.

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No matter how you slice it, it's another one in the win column for fall, y'all!

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