Apparently death has a preference for birthdays. A study based on 2.4 million deaths of Swiss people between 1969 and 2008, found that men and women were about 14 per cent more likely to die on their birthday than any other day during the year.
The research, published in the Annals of Epidemiology, found that men were 35 per cent more likely die from suicide and 44 per cent more likely to die from falling down on their birthdays, while women were 22 per cent more likely to die from a stroke. There was a 19 per cent spike in heart-related deaths for both ladies and gents.
The study authors say stress related to getting older could be to blame for the increase in strokes and cardiovascular deaths. Might we suggest loading up on anxiety-reducing foods as the big day approaches?
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