Have you ever wondered why you may be the only one suffering from bouts of uncontrollable sneezing when everyone around you seems fine? Those with allergies just can’t seem to control the sneezing which can be triggered by allergens such as dust mites, pollen and cold.
Till date, ongoing research into allergies formulated several theories as to their occurrence, but one particular study on allergies has provided unique insight. It has declared that those born during winter and autumn are most prone to suffer from allergies.
1. Born In Autumn and Winter Makes You Prone To Allergies
What this means is that unlike those born in spring and summer; those born in the latter half of the year at a higher risk of developing allergies. It doesn’t really matter which. A chest infection , variations in sunlight that affect the levels of vitamin D, dust mites or pollen, all these influence an autumn or winter born human on a higher level.
According to the conclusive evidence of the study. It stated that autumn borns risked low tolerance to allergic conditions such as eczema as well as sneezing, hay fever and allergies.
2. Epigenetic Proves Immunity Response Changes In Human DNA
The studies’ main method of research included epigenetic signs of a subject’s DNA or in simple terms various changes in genes in relation to various factors. The human genome always remains the same regardless of the season of birth, however certain genes may undergo a process called DNA methylation which can then alter their response to immunity in a variety of ways. Methylation could also reduce a gene’s response to immunity factors making a person susceptible to various diseases and in this case research found it to be allergies.
3. Conclusive evidence
The study of how seasonal births influence allergies was undertaken in the Isle of Wight and included 367 volunteers. Within these volunteers tests revealed that DNA methylation (a type of DNA alteration in expression) left a significant mark on the human gene with the potential to have long term effects. It was also found that such changes were observed in those born during a particular season. Thus seasonal births influence a person’s lifetime response to allergy. This is an amazing discovery which can help parents plan their baby in a manner that the risk of an allergy in life reduces.
4. According To Study DNA Changes Occurred After Childbirth
The study included extensive testing to meet its conclusive result. Volunteers with various factors of DNA methylation in relation to the time of birth were tested. Two such kinds of methylation were found to be highly influencing poor allergic responses in participants.
What was even more fascinating for researchers was that the study revealed that while DNA methylation markings were present in subjects of 8 to 18 years old , it was not present in new born babies suggesting that the incredible change in DNA only occurred after a child was born. Thus it would not be possible to observe the same during pregnancy.
5. Epigenetic, the future of medicinal progress??
In trying to find proof of DNA methylation and its influence on allergy, researchers also noted that there have been studies attributed to DNA methylation’s influenceon several other diseases as well. A seasonal birth is related to several factors such as lifespan, height, reproductively and diseases such as schizophrenia and heart attacks. However to support such claims, further in-depth studies are still required, but for now, it is evident that DNA methylation was definitely related to how seasonal births influence allergies.
What this means in lay terms is that your season of birth is like a stamp on your genes telling them how to react in which disease conditions. Imagine the possibilities of medicinal progress concerning studies relate to epigenetic. Science after all is amazing.