Using our data insights, Recomed has observed that people are 31.84% more likely to book a doctor appointment during the three winter months of June, July and August, with the likelihood dropping as low as 21.43% between the months of September, October, November and December. Although the sample used is somewhat limited in size, this seems to support the commonly held belief that people are more inclined to fall sick during the months of winter.
Why we are more inclined to fall ill in winter
According to a research paper published in a highly respectable interdisciplinary science journal one of the major reasons we are more inclined to be sick in winter is a result of seasonal genetic changes. It is has been estimated that about 25% of DNA that code for a variety of traits in our bodies shift significantly as the seasons change. ‘In some ways, it’s obvious – it helps explain why so many diseases, from heart disease to mental illness, are much worse in the winter months—but no one had appreciated the extent to which this actually occurred’ said John Todd, professor and director of the JDRF/Wellcome Trust Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.
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