Type 1 diabetes is caused by antibodies – tiny biological “torpedoes” that under normal circumstances are produced by the body to fight invading bacteria and viruses. Diabetes results when, in the body’s version of “friendly fire,” antibodies attack the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
What turns antibodies against the pancreas? One theory is that certain viral infections are to blame. But another possible culprit is cow’s milk. Researchers are now exploring whether avoiding cow’s milk early in life can help prevent diabetes.
Human milk is no problem. Studies have shown that breast-fed children are much less likely to develop diabetes than children fed milk-based formula. (Photo Credit: iStockphoto/CBS News)