Milk Affects Diabetes Risk

By avoiding cows’ milk during infancy, people are 60 percent less likely to develop type 1 diabetes.

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According to a new report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, infants who are not exposed to complex dietary proteins, such as those found in cows’ milk, are less likely to develop type 1 diabetes. During the study, mothers were encouraged to first breastfeed their babies, but those who later chose to feed their babies formula were given a special concoction that did not contain the complex proteins. While scientists are still awaiting the full study results, the pilot study, which enrolled more than 2,000 subjects with a family history of type 1 diabetes, proved that those who avoided cow’s milk were 60 percent less likely to develop the disease. This new research could help prevent diabetes, which affects one of every 400 American children.

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