Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body defends itself against infection. The immune system mistakes the substances found in the gluten with something bad for the body and attacks.
The incidence of celiac disease is estimated at 1 per 100 people worldwide. Scholars believe that the environment may be associated with this disease.
The aim of the Swedish study was to explore the effects of birth seasons with the risk of celiac disease, and to compare different areas and periods to suggest environmental factors as related to disease.
A group of researchers Umeå University had access to data about 2 million children born between 1991 and 2009. In all, 6,569 of them have been diagnosed with the disease, which passed the research station , region and year of birth.
The survey noted that those born in the summer, spring and fall have 10% more chance of being born with celiac disease than those born in winter.
However, the region also interfere. Children born in the south of Sweden (local research), where the sunlight in the summer and spring is more intense, showed high risk for the disease.
Children under 2 years are more likely to develop the disease when born in the spring, and those with 2 to 14.9 years are more likely to be born in the summer or fall.
With respect to the year of birth, those born between 1997 and 2002 are at greatest risk of developing the disease. And the risk is higher in girls than in boys.