Formula made with cows milk does not increase diabetes risk
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A 15-year global study of children genetically predisposed to developing Type 1 diabetes found that drinking formula made with cows milk did not increase their risk for developing the disease.
A 15-year global study of children genetically predisposed to developing Type 1 diabetes found that drinking formula made with cows milk did not increase such childrens risk for developing the disease.
The findings provide a long-awaited answer to the question of whether infant formula made with cows milk plays a role in the development of Type 1 diabetes, according to an international team of researchers that includes scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The findings are published Jan. 2 in JAMA.
Previous studies have indicated that early exposure to complex foreign proteins, such as the proteins in cows milk, may increase the risk of Type 1 diabetes in people with genetic risk for the disease, said one of the studys authors, Neil H. White, MD , a Washington University professor of pediatrics and of medicine. The question was whether delaying the exposure to complex foreign proteins will decrease the risk of diabetes. The answer is no.
In the U.S., about 200,000 youth under the age of 20 have Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease caused when the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin, which regulates the bodys blood-sugar levels.
Beginning in 2002, White and his research colleagues examined 2,159 infants in 15 countries. Each infant had a family member affected by Type 1 diabetes, as well Continue reading