Are you more likely to die on your birthday ?
By T.K. Randall
June 11, 2012 · 24 comments
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A Swiss study has revealed that you are 14% more likely to die on your birthday than on any other day.
The remarkable statistic was reached following an analysis of over 2.4 million deaths over 40 years, with the risks climbing even higher the older you are. Several theories have been put forward to explain why this should be so, some researchers believe that the 'postponement theory' might explain a lot of cases; this is when a gravely ill person might try to hold out until their birthday in an attempt to reach the next age milestone.
Other theories include deaths due to drug overdosing at parties and even those who take the birthday blues one step too far and opt to end their own life.
Results extracted from a vast amount of data concluded that there were 13. 8 percent more deaths on birthdays when compared with any other day of the year. The risk increased with age, with the figure rising to 18 percent in people aged over 60.
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