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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Food, Environmental Allergies

February 17, 2011: 09:27 PM EST
A US study using a representative sample of 3,136 children and adolescents and 3,454 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006 linked vitamin D deficiency to elevated levels of IgE sensitization in children and adolescents. While existing literature maintains a likely link between vitamin D deficiency and atopic disease, there had been no studies focusing on the relationship between vitamin D deficit and total and allergen-specific IgE levels. Results show that allergic sensitization to 11 allergens was more common in children and adolescents, but no constant associations among adults.
Shimi Sharief, MD, Sunit Jariwala, MD, Juhi Kumar, MD, MPH, Paul Muntner, PhD, Michal L. Melamed, MD, MHS, "Vitamin D levels and food and environmental allergies in the United States: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006", The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, February 17, 2011, © Elsevier Inc
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