We just celebrated my wife’s birthday and we had a great time wine tasting and dining at Twigs with family and friends. She has a lot of birthdays to go before she catches me and I hope they all are happy—in part because her health could be at stake! A happy birthday wish may be more vital than we ever thought. New research shows that you are more likely to die on your birthday than any other day of the year. No kidding.

Two million people were studied over 40 years and it was found that there was a significant rise in deaths from strokes, falls, suicides and heart attacks on the subjects' birthdays -- more than 18 percent in all cases, and an astonishing 44 per cent rise in deaths from falls. Note to self…spend my next birthday in bed!

 

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Your birthday is also more lethal as you get older as on average, people over the age of 60 were 14 per cent more likely to meet their maker on the same day that their maker put them on this earth.

Leading theories for the phenomenon are that birthdays lead people to over-indulge, leading to strain on the heart, or perhaps that terminally-ill people may keep themselves going for their big day, then decide they've had enough.  Bottom line have a happy birthday--just makes sure you come back for a happy day after!