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Vitamin D Deficiency Can Lead to Increased Allergies

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • While research has identified the association between vitamin D deficiency and asthma and environmental allergies, data also links deficiency with higher rates of food allergies
  • Gradual exposure to known food protein allergens, such as egg and peanuts, may reduce your child’s risk of developing a dangerous food allergy
  • Food allergies are different from food intolerances as allergies are mediated by the immune system and may result in systemic responses, including hives and anaphylactic shock, potentially leading to death
  • Maintaining a serum level of vitamin D between 60 ng/mL and 80 ng/mL may also reduce your risk of other dangerous health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, miscarriage and heart disease
  • I recommend testing your serum level twice a year to determine how much you may need to supplement in addition to sensible sun exposure to attain healthy levels; when using a supplement, also remember to optimize your intake of magnesium, calcium and vitamin K2

Food allergy, a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition, affects a growing number of Americans. According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), 1 in 13 children now has a food allergy and every three minutes a food reaction sends someone to the emergency room.

Food allergies are also estimated to affect nearly 4 percent of adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While they are most common in babies and children, food allergies can develop at any age. Adults may even develop an allergy to foods they've previously eaten for years with no problem.

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