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Are Your Allergies Making You Fat?

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There isn’t much literature available on the link between obesity and allergies, so possible explanations for the associations seen in these two studies are simply theories at this point, Visness says. In her study, she suggested that inflammation could play a role. Fat cells release cytokines, chemicals that promote inflammation, and an allergic reaction triggers inflammation as well. So people with high levels of inflammation in their bodies are likely to suffer from both conditions.

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Another theory suggested in the Yale study was that histamine, which is the neurotransmitter that overreacts when you come into contact with an allergen, has a secondary role in regulating your appetite. Animal studies have shown that dosing mice with histamine reduces their food intake, while dosing them with antihistamines increases their appetites. Therefore, it stands to reason, the authors noted, that if you take a lot of antihistamines, that might cause you to eat more. (Some older antihistamines are even used as appetite stimulants in young children.)

Then there are even more basic explanations. “Some older medications are so sedating that they cause you to be a couch potato,” says Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD, a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and an allergist with a private practice in Gaithersburg, MD. Drugs that make you that tired are more than likely to interfere with your getting regular exercise. Secondly, she says, antihistamines can dry you out and make you thirsty. “In some people, the signal for thirst can be confused with the signal for hunger,” she adds, making you more likely to eat when you really should be reaching for a glass of water.

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6:04AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:01AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

I'm allergic to so many things that I take Zyrtec most of the time.

10:01AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

maybe

12:20AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Thanks.

8:05AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

I'm allergic to just about everything, but gave my body a vacation off antihistimines, and wella! I'm losing weight, though my nose is running!!! Will have to start them again soon as fall is my worst time.....

12:59PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

interesting

11:21AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

critisism is easy but what about a pallative for allergies?????
there are thousans of "allergies", but what do we do??
we need to stop having antialergis(hope it´s well spelled), where can we find the answer?

3:01PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

My sister was dubbed as an "encyclopedia of allergies" by her doctor, she takes a multitude of medications to survive and looks great in a bikini at 54 years of age. She took me to her doctor as she was worried I may be have allergies like her, the doctor took one look at me and said "obviously you have no problem with food", ok I am (more) round and chubby and no I do not take all the allergy medicines she does, although must admit I take the occasional Zyrtic when my sneezing gets bad :(

2:44AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Interesting, I'll have to look into it more. Thanks.

3:09AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

thanks for the great article

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