Cows milk and
New study bolsters link between cows milk and childhood diabetes
A paper, presented at that 59th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American
Diabetes Association, showed a direct link between cow’s milk and
childhood diabetes. The Finnish researchers tracked 178 newborns in Finland
until they were 8 years of age. All 179 newborns were in families that
had a high genetic dispositions for childhood diabetes. The Researchers
then divided the babies into two groups. One group was fed a formula based
on cows milk where the second group got the same formula with the proteins
chopped up. By chopping up the proteins they rendered them inactive. This
made the formulas look and taste the same which created a "blind"
formula so that no one knew who had the active cows milk or who had the
inactive cows milk.
It is known from previous research that a protein in cow’s milk,
bovine insulin, may set off an immune reaction with the islet cells in
the pancreas. The islet cells in the pancreas regulate the production
of human insulin, which controls sugar levels in the blood. When the islet
cells are attacked they create an autoimmune antibody that shows that
the islet cells are under attack.
By 2 years of age 10 of the 89 children getting active cows milk formula
were found to have antibodies associated with childhood diabetes where
only 3 of the inactive formula group had the same antibodies. It is believed
that if there is just one of these antibodies present damage has already
occurred to the pancreas. So if the antibody is present the child has
a 4 in 10 chance of contracting childhood diabetes and showing signs of
more antibodies is a sign of greater risk. Having three antibodies imparts
an 80 to 90 percent likelihood of getting childhood diabetes.
Even before this study the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, in 1994; recommend
that children below the age of 1 year not be given cow’s milk. There
are studies as old as the late 1930s that show cows milk may pose a risk
of childhood diabetes but it has been largely ignored by pediatricians
and the government. The argument has always been that the evidence is
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