Cow’s Milk and Diabetes

Dr. Greene reports on a study looking at cow’s milk and type 1 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 milk from cows 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 milk products for the first 6-8 months of life.

If there is type 1 diabetes in the immediate family, I would recommend avoiding 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 DrGreene.com (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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