Cow’s Milk Likely Not to Blame in Type 1

There’s been speculation that the consumption of cow’s milk proteins in infant formula may play a role in the increasing rates of type 1 diabetes in children. However, a new study suggests that’s not the case. An earlier, very small study had suggested that whole proteins from cow’s milk could trigger the immune reaction that leads to type 1 diabetes, and risk could be reduced by using proteins that had broken down. For the new, much larger study, researchers followed over 2000 infants, half of whom were given formula with regular cow’s milk proteins for at least 60 days; the other half got a formula in which the milk proteins were broken down. The children were followed for about 10 years, and the results showed that it made no difference which version of the milk proteins the children had received. Read more

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