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A NEW study published in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology found that children born via C-Section have a higher risk of developing food allergies, compared to babies born through a natural birth.

The study looked at one million children born between 2001 and 2012 in Sweden, and discovered that 2.5% of those kids were diagnosed with a food allergy later in life.

Among those children, a majority of them were born via cesarean section, making babies born via this delivery method 18% more likely to develop a food allergy, while babies born via an emergency C-section 21% more at risk.

That's not the only thing researchers discovered about C-section births...

Mothers who had asthma and pulmonary disease while pregnant were also more likely to have offspring that developed food allergies later in life.

Now, it's clear that the way a child is delivered has a strong impact on the development of their immune system.

"It has previously been implied that mode of delivery is a significant determinant of postpartum adaptation of the immune system," the authors explain. "Cesarean delivery seems to delay and alter the development of the offspring's immune system, subsequently increasing the risk of [allergic] disease[s]."

1 in 5 children in the U.S. currently are obese according to Wikipedia.

Other health issues that C-section births have been linked to are: obesity, asthma, diabetes, and other chronic health problems.

"To me, that evidence says that it is reasonable to believe that cesarean sections have the potential for long-term adverse health consequences for children," Jan Blustein, from New York University's Wagner School, said in her study on C-section births. This should be discussed with your OB-GYN before making decisions as to birthing method. Next week join me for a discussion about: the American diet and what it does to gut microbes. SignUP right here so you don't miss a thing. You can also follow Apple-A-Day Clinic on instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Linked in! Did you know we offer hundreds of professional products right here on our website. With FREE shipping and discounts from 10-20%? Shop Now! Gift Certificates available.

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