The excessive and prolonged consumption of foods containing excess sugar has already been linked to a number of potential health issues such as obesity or diabetes, for example. Now, a new study suggests that this may also be associated with the possibility of developing an allergy.
Namely, the research tied the excessive consumption of sugary foods during pregnancy with the baby’s predisposition to allergies and other such ailments of all types.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Queen Mary University of London, Great Britain. Its results were released earlier this week in the European Respiratory Journal.
The More Sugary Foods, the Higher the Allergy Risk?
Data for the research came from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. This is a still ongoing project that looks to track the health of families with babies born in between April 1, 1991, and up to December 31, 1992. The study collected data from almost 9,000 mother-child pairs part of this project.
An analysis of this information revealed that consuming too many sugary foods may have an effect on the growing infant. They may increase its chances of developing allergic reactions and possibly even allergic asthma.
As it is, this latest research points out a new link between the mother’s dietary habits during pregnancy and her child’s health. The study team looked at any allergy which can lead to skin-related or respiratory symptoms, anything from grass to dust mites and even pets.
Then, they calculated an approximative sugary foods intake of the mother. These values were self-reported by the mothers through a series of questionnaires.
All these estimates were then taken and compared to asthma and allergy diagnoses in children aged 7 or older. Nearly 62 percent of them did not develop an allergy. Among those with allergies or their symptoms, around 16 percent had eczema while 12 percent had asthma, these being the most common ailments.
Children whose mothers reported consuming the highest sugar quantities were noted to present a 38 percent greater risk of developing an allergy. They also showed a 73 percent risk of developing not only one, but two or more such problems.
Still, the research team does point out that this was solely an observational study. As it is, they will be looking to further monitor and try to understand the effects of a mother’s diet on her offspring’s allergy risks.
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