Exaggerated hygiene and fast food can apparently favor allergies
More and more people suffer from allergies in the modern industrialized nations. The possible causes are complex. According to experts from the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna), excessive hygiene and unhealthy eating with too much fast food play an important role.
According to the MedUni Vienna, almost 30 percent of the population in Austria suffer from an allergic disease. The number of new cases is increasing continuously. According to experts, allergy diseases have increased by 20 to 30 percent in recent years. Professor Dr. med. Zsolt Szépfalusi from the University Clinic for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at MedUni Vienna told “ORF Online” that excessive hygiene, as well as the consumption of ready meals and fast food, have a significant impact on the increased occurrence of allergies.
Fast food and excessive hygiene possible causes of allergies According to the experts, every fifth child today suffers from an allergy, and the trend is rising. The most common are allergic diseases such as hay fever, asthma, neurodermatitis or food allergies. The concrete causes have so far not been clarified, but the evidence of a connection with nutrition and the so-called hygiene hypothesis seem to be increasing. Prof. Szépfalusi comes to the conclusion that today's fast food diet is partly to blame for the increase in allergies. “We have pasteurized, pre-cooked foods. This fast food industry did not exist to this extent 20 years ago and it "certainly has a very strong influence on our intestinal flora and how we deal with allergens," the doctor told ORF Online. Prof. Szépfalusi attributes a comparable influence to the exaggerated cleanliness in everyday life. The "hygiene hypothesis means to understand that simply the so-called healthy dirt has a certain protective effect against allergies," explained the expert.
Medicines can promote the occurrence of allergies In April, Professor Dr. Erika Jensen-Jarolim, director of the Institute for Pathophysiology at MedUni Vienna, already discussed lifestyle, the environment and medication as potential triggers of allergies at a press conference. In addition to smoking, she also cited extreme hygiene as "known to promote allergen." In addition, Prof. Jensen-Jarolim and her team of researchers have shown that "drug treatment of stress, such as those caused by gastric acid blockers or neutralizers, increases the risk of sensitization and triggering a food allergy. ”According to this, medication can also have a significant impact on the development of an allergy.
Fastfood Cause of Significant Health Impairments Numerous studies are available regarding the negative effects of fastfood on the organism. The possible health impairments resulting from the fast food consumption range from an increased risk of asthma to depression. At the Medical University of Vienna, the researchers in the department of Allergology / Immunology / Infectiology are primarily concerned with the allergy-related consequences of unhealthy nutrition and possible interdependencies. According to the experts at MedUni Vienna, they are the global leaders in research into the causes and treatment options for allergic diseases. However, they have not yet been able to conclusively clarify how fast food nutrition increases the risk of allergies. (fp)
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