Study Probes Links in Asthma, Food Sensitivity and Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Teens who had asthma and food hypersensitivity when they were younger are at increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers report.

For the study, the investigators examined the health of 2,770 children from birth to age 16. Kids with IBS at age 16 were more likely to have had asthma at age 12 (about 11% versus 7%).

In addition, the researchers found that 16-year-olds with IBS were more likely to have had food hypersensitivity at age 12 (41% versus 29%).

Asthma, food hypersensitivity and eczema (a condition that makes your skin red and itchy) were all associated with an increased risk of concurrent IBS at age 16, the findings showed.

“The associations found in this large study suggest there’s a shared pathophysiology between common allergy-related diseases and adolescent irritable bowel syndrome,” said study leader Jessica Sjölund,

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UChicago Medicine study links vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19

Paul Kriegler, a registered dietician with Life Time, has some tips for how to get more vitamin D in your diet — orange juice not required.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The University of Chicago Medicine recently found an association between being low on vitamin D and the likelihood of becoming infected with COVID-19. 

In a study, patients who had vitamin D deficiency were almost twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 compared to patients who had sufficient levels of the vitamin.

According to Paul Kriegler, a registered dietitian with Life Time, vitamin D is vital for the function of the immune system, and has previously been shown to lower the risk of viral respiratory tract infections. He said this study suggests that the same could be true for COVID-19.

“Getting sunlight each day is the easiest and best way to get vitamin D,” he said. “However, with fall and

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