Does Food Make you Suffer?

Food allergies discovered with HRGL psychological test

(RxWiki News) Imagine feeling uncertain about every food you eat because you don't know how your body will react. Living with this kind of uncertainty is a pain, but now there's help.

Researchers have developed a measurement tool that can help all individuals with food allergies live a better life. With this new information, people who are allergic to different foods can start to have peace of mind.

"Psychological test can diagnose a food allergy to get rid of feelings of uncertainty."

Dr. Anthony Dubois, from Beatrix Children’s Hospital in the Netherlands, has developed a psychological test that measures “health-related quality of life” (HRQL) and accurately diagnoses food allergies by using a “food challenge” test. The "food challenge" involves giving individuals different foods and monitoring allergic reactions.

This study involved patients with food allergies and type 1 diabetic patients.

Dubois and colleagues found that people with food allergies had lower HRQL scores compared to type 1 diabetic patients due to their feelings of uncertainty around food. They also found that once a food allergy was diagnosed, the HRQL improved.

HRQL tests can finally provide health care professionals the information they need to help patients with food allergies.

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June 14, 2011