Type 1 Diabetes Cow Milk:
Between Type 1 Diabetes and Cow Milk
Dr. Ben Kim
by CBC News
1 diabetes projected to double in young European children
number of European children under the age of five with Type 1 diabetes could double
by 2020, a rapid increase that points to environmental factors, researchers say.
study in Saturday's issue of The Lancet was based on an analysis of 29,311 cases
of Type 1 diabetes in 20 European countries between 1989 and 2003.
1 diabetes is caused by insulin deficiency and is treated with insulin injections.
It occurs when insulin-producing cells in the pancreas that are needed to control
blood sugar are destroyed.
2020, the predicted number of new cases is 24,400, but this change is not shared
evenly between the age groups, with incidence of Type 1 diabetes in the youngest
age group expected to double in both sexes," Dr. Chris Patterson of Queen's University
in Belfast, Gyula Soltesz of Pecs University in Hungary and colleagues wrote in
were rising at a rate of 3.9 per cent per year overall, and increasing by 5.4
per cent per year among those under five.
on those trends, the number of cases among children under five is predicted to
double, to 20,113 in 2020 from 9,955 in 2005, the researchers said.
among European children under the age of 15 are predicted to rise even more, to
159,767 in 2020 from 93,584 in 2005.
the rest of this article at cbc.ca
from Ben Kim: Though there are likely several potential contributing
causes of diabetes type 1, it's hard to ignore the strong connection between cow's
milk consumption and risk of insulin-dependent diabetes in children.
evidence in relevant studies suggests that some component of cow's milk in its
pasteurized and homogenized form is capable of triggering an autoimmune-type reaction
in children who may be genetically predisposed to developing diabetes type 1.
have not been able to pinpoint what this component is - some suggest that it's
bovine serum albumin, while others feel that it could be bovine insulin.
a look at peer-reviewed scientific studies that highlight the link between cow's
milk consumption and incidence of diabetes type 1 in children, have a look at
the following summaries:
factors and worldwide incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes.
introduction of dairy products associated with increased risk of IDDM in Finnish
exposure to cows' milk raises risk of diabetes in high risk children (Registration
may be required to view full article.)
milk exposure and type I diabetes mellitus. A critical overview of the clinical
milk diabetes evidence mounts.
heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, and cow milk A1 beta-casein.
ingesting cow's milk and dairy products made with cow's milk doesn't cause diabetes
type 1 in everyone. As it is with almost all chronic states of dysfunction, diabetes
type 1 tends to arise in children who are genetically predisposed to developing
because there is enough evidence to indicate that ingesting pasteurized and homogenized
dairy products can precipitate diabetes type 1 in predisposed children, my feeling
is that all parents and expectant parents should be made aware of this link so
that they can make informed choices as they raise their children and even during
children who have diabetes type 1, I strongly recommend limiting or avoiding intake
of cow's milk and products made with cow's milk, as we just don't know how much
regenerative capacity each child's insulin-producing cells have. Regular intake
of dairy amounts to regular autoimmune activity against the insulin-producing
cells in the pancreas, making it near impossible for a type 1 diabetic to experience
improvement and less dependency on meds.
it is with just about every other autoimmune-related illness that we know of,
the greatest improvement from avoiding dairy and other known causes of the illness
at hand can be expected early on in the life of the disease; the longer one allows
diabetes type 1 or any other autoimmune illness to exist, the more difficult it
becomes to experience improvement.
can be a difficult subject to discuss, especially with parents who have a child
with diabetes type 1. This discussion isn't meant to assign blame or generate
feelings of guilt. We must give all parents as much relevant information as possible
to empower the best decisions for their families from this day forward.
or avoiding cow's milk and foods derived from cow's milk means striving to stay
away from milk, cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, cream, ice cream,
whipped cream, and all junk foods like milk chocolate, potato chips, and cookies
that contain dairy.
raw organic dairy and foods made with raw organic dairy are better choices than
factory-farmed dairy, my experience has been that it's best to avoid all types
of dairy, especially in cases where there is existing autoimmune illness.
what do you eat and feed your children if you take away dairy? Lots of green vegetables
and other fresh plant foods like beans, lentils, peas, and whole grains. For more
specific ideas, here's a look at what we've been feeding our two boys these days
avocados, mangoes, watermelon, and banana
some type of leafy green vegetable (usually Bok choy), small amount of naturally
raised chicken or turkey meat, soup made with vegetable or organic chicken broth,
all chopped up into easy-to-eat pieces and mixed together in one bowl like a stew
dried mango, goji berries, mulberries, oatmeal squares, anything else that I've
been experimenting with for our recipes archive
consider sharing this post with expectant parents and parents of young children.
Limiting or avoiding dairy doesn't guarantee immunity against type 1 diabetes
and other chronic diseases, but based on everything that I've read on this topic
and experienced with my own body and with clients over the years, I feel that
it's more than a worthwhile investment in our health.
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