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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk Of Allergies Among Overweight Children

June 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists have discovered a link between vitamin D deficiency in obese or overweight children and a higher risk of asthma and allergies. The clinical study was conducted in Maryland among 86 adolescents ages 10 to 18. Fifty-four were overweight or obese; the rest were at a healthy weight. All of the overweight/obese participants were vitamin D deficient. The investigators found that vitamin D seems to regulate the levels of certain hormones and some biochemical measures of allergic disease. The lower the level of vitamin D, the greater the risk of asthma and allergies.
Candace Percival et al., "Vitamin D Deficiency May Raise Allergy and Asthma Risk in Obese Children, Teens", News release, study presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, June 17, 2013, © Percival et al.
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