peanut allergies found more in kids from wealthy families

by gurumommy on November 27, 2012

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This is weird, right?  A recent article published in found that children from wealthy families may be more likely to have peanut allergies than those less well-off, a new study finds.  In the study, children ages 1 to 9 from high-income families had higher rates of peanut allergies compared with children these ages from lower income families.  The researchers analyzed information from 8,306 children and adults whose blood samples were taken as part of a national health survey in 2005 to 2006. About 9 percent of participants had an elevated levels of antibodies to peanuts, indicating they had the potential to be allergic to peanuts.  The results add support to the hygiene hypothesis, said study researcher Dr. Sandy Yip, of the U.S. Air Force. The hygiene hypothesis is the idea that living in a cleaner environment may make people’s immune systems more sensitive, and increase the prevalence of allergies.  The findings are also inline with those of a study published earlier this year, which found children living in cities were more likely to have food allergies compared with those living in rural areas, which tend to be less expensive than cities. So what does this mean, that kids shouldn’t be raised in a plastic bubble or what? Tell me your thoughts, click on one of the tabs below if you want to weigh in!

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