Well­ness Arti­cles

Cow’s Milk May Cause Type 1 Dia­betes in Infants

Web MD July 23, 2001, reports on the link between infants who drank cows milk and type 1 dia­betes. Finnish researcher Hans K. Akerblom, MD, at the annual meet­ing of the Amer­i­can Dia­betes Asso­ci­a­tion in Philadel­phia reported find­ings from a new study of more than 200 new­borns at-​risk for type 1 dia­betes that sug­gested that feed­ing an infant for­mula made with cow’s milk may up their chances of devel­op­ing the disease.

The study checked infants after breast­feed­ing. The babies were fed a for­mula made either with or with­out cow’s milk. Those fed the for­mula made with­out cow’s milk were about 50% less likely to develop pro­teins that are asso­ci­ated with type 1 dia­betes. Thus, Akerblom pos­tu­lates, cow’s milk may cause dia­betes in genet­i­cally at-​risk kids. Other stud­ies have already found that infants fed cow’s milk are no more likely to develop the dis­ease than infants who are breastfed.

Other stud­ies show that breast­fed babies may have higher IQs and stronger immune sys­tems than babies fed with for­mula. Addi­tional pre­vi­ous research also sug­gests that breast­feed­ing dur­ing a baby’s first year may help lower the risk of gas­troin­testi­nal, or GI, tract infec­tions, which affect the stom­ach and intestines, and atopic eczema, a com­mon skin con­di­tion that affects around 10% of all infants and children.

In a timely coin­ci­dence the 11th annual World Breast­feed­ing Week will be cel­e­brated from August 17, 2001, in coun­tries through­out the world to increase pub­lic aware­ness of the impor­tance of breast­feed­ing. This annual event is spon­sored by La Leche League Inter­na­tional (LLLI) and the World Alliance for Breast­feed­ing Action (WABA).

More infor­ma­tion on this event can be found on their web sites at:

La Leche League Inter­na­tional at http://​laleche​league​.org/​R​e​l​e​a​s​e​/​W​B​W​01​.​h​t​m​l World Alliance for Breast­feed­ing Action at http://​www​.waba​.org​.br/​w​b​w​97​/​w​b​w​2001​.​h​t​m

Ran­dom Article

A pos­i­tive report was pub­lished in the Novem­ber /​Decem­ber 1999 issue of the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics con­cern­ing the effects

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