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Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Allergies Among Children

Has your child developed an allergy? Chances are he might have Vitamin D deficiency. A study conducted by the researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University shows that there might be an association between low levels of vitamin D and likelihood of developing allergies among children. The study is published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

The researchers observed vitamin D levels in the blood samples of more than 3,100 adolescents and children and 3,400 adults. The study combines laboratory studies, interviews and physical examinations. In one of the blood tests sensitivity to 17 allergens was assessed. When the data was analysed, it was found that there was no link between levels of vitamin D and allergies in adult participants. However, for adolescents and children low vitamin D levels was associated with sensitivity to 11 out of 17 allergens. These included environmental allergies (for instance: dog, cockroach) and food allergies (for instance peanuts)

The study shows only a link between the two. It does not conclude that vitamin D deficiency leads to allergies in children. It only suggests that children and youngsters should get required amount of vitamin D. For children the recommended amount is 600 IU daily.

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