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Food Allergies and Diabetes Print E-mail

Food allergies can be difficult to diagnose because they can have mild outward symptoms, but can have devastating effects on your health. An allergy is a reaction of the immune system to something that is normally not thought of as “foreign” to the body. For instance, milk allergies are not uncommon in children. Signs of food allergies in children include asthma, eczema (skin rashes), and digestive problems. Simply removing milk from the diet can alleviate the allergy. However, if left untreated, food allergies can overactivate the immune system, causing damage to virtually any organ in the human body. It is sometimes difficult if not impossible to identify a specific allergy to a food without being tested.

If you would like to make an appointment at the Hope4Diabetes Medical Center to be tested for common food allergies, or if you suspect an allergy to a certain type of food and would like to know how to treat it, click here. Ongoing studies are examining eliminating cow’s milk (caseine hydrolysate) to see if this might stop the progression of Type 1 diabetes. Other studies have looked at the effect of gluten in the diet, and found that a gluten-free diet did not seem to have an effect on reducing the onset of Type 1 diabetes. For more information on how to maintain a healthy immune system and alleviate the stresses of diabetes from food allergies, click here.

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