Feeding Babies With Cow's Milk may Boost Diabetes Risk in Later Life

by VR Sreeraman on  May 11, 2008 at 10:20 AM Diet & Nutrition News
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Feeding Babies With Cow's Milk may Boost Diabetes Risk in Later Life
Babies fed with cow milk may be at a greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes in later life, says a new study.

A 1993 study conducted by Finish researchers had revealed that consuming dairy products early was linked to diabetes risk.
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This is because beta-lactoglobulin, a protein in cow's stimulate babies to make antibodies that also attack glycodelin, a protein vital for training the immune system.

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This in turn disturbs immune system, thereby misguidedly destroying insulin-producing pancreatic cells, leading to type 1 diabetes.

Supporting the previous findings, Marcia Goldfarb of the company Anatek-EP in Portland, Maine, also discovered five children with type 1 diabetes, who were fed cow's-milk formula and all had antibodies to beta lactoglobulin.

"It's fascinating, but needs more back-up data," New Scientist quoted Mikael Knip of the Hospital for Children and Adolescents in Helsinki, Finland, as saying.

He is conducting further study, TRIGR, to test whether children fed formula have a lower risk of disease than those fed with hydrolysed version, where the milk proteins have been broken down.(ani)

Source: ANI
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