Cow’s Milk and Diabetes

Cow's Milk and Diabetes

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.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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