Happy Birthday! Now Let’s Pick Out Your Casket

Yet one more reason to dread the approach of your birthday: researchers have concluded an increased risk of dying on the anniversary of your birth.

Annals of Epidemiology, Volume 22, Issue 8 (August 2012) noted a 13.8% increase in likelihood of death on the birthdays of those over the age of 60. Included in the ways to go is an 18.6% increase in heart attacks for men and a 21.5% increase in strokes, mostly for women, as well as a 34.9% rise in suicides, 28.5% increase in accidental deaths, and a 44% jump in deaths caused from falls.

All things considered, you might as well go for that second piece of birthday cake. You might not get another chance.


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