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Study Finds Infant Formula Linked to Childhood Type 1 Diabetes

Study Finds Infant Formula Linked to Childhood Type 1 Diabetes

A new study conducted by the Hospital For Sick Children’s in Toronto suggests, “the majority of children who develop type 1 diabetes can avoid the ailment by simply switching cow’s milk formula in infancy to an alternative formula”. The study was released November 11, 2010 in the New England Journals of Medicine.

The study pointed out three significant findings:

    1. Exclusively breastfed babies carrying the gene risk for type 1 diabetes were well protected if cow’s milk was avoided.
    2. Allergic reactions to cow’s milk during the first six months of life sets off an auto-immune response that attacks the insulin-producing islet cells in the pancreas.
    3. The alternative formula had all cow’s milk proteins removed, it was a hydrolyzed formula.

This 10 year study showed children with a genetic predisposition to type 1 diabetes, if they avoided cow’s milk they could completely avoid type 1 diabetes. The senior Sick Kids scientist, Dr. Michael Dosch called this information, “stunning”. A similar study conducted by researchers at the University of Helsinki demonstrated that 80% of the children would have not developed type 1 diabetes with a milk alternative. This is something Naturopathic Doctor’s have been getting their patients to do for years. Naturopathic Doctors have been recommending goat’s milk, sheep milk, and soy milk. There are other new great alternatives that include fortified rice milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. The secret is to rotate your child’s milk. A final note, there is nothing more nutritional for a baby then mom’s breast milk.

Dr. Elias Markou, ND

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