Pediatric News (33(8):2, 1999), has reported on a significant new study coming out of Finland.
Up until now, the relationship between cow’s milk and type 1 diabetes has been controversial. This is the first carefully designed, controlled prospective study, and it shows a dramatic reduction in diabetes in high-risk children who avoided cow’s milk products for the first 6-8 months of life.
If there is type 1 diabetes in the immediate family, I would recommend avoiding cow’s milk-based formulas.
It’ll take awhile for scientists to sort out the details, but the early word is — yes, cow protein can trigger diabetes in those who are genetically susceptible.