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Study Denies Any Correlation Between Baby Formulas and Development Of Diabetes-Associated Autoantibodies

Update Date: Jun 17, 2014 07:40 AM EDT

There is absolutely no correlation between the consumption of a cow's milk-based formula or hydrolyzed protein formula and the development of diabetes-associated autoantibodies in children younger than seven, a new study has confirmed. 

The study examined the possible reduction in autoantibodies associated with type 1 diabetes while tracking children predisposed to type 1 diabetes for seven years.

The study was conducted at 78 centers in 15 countries, including the U.S. and Canada. 

Researchers noted that while there is no correlation between cow's milk protein and the autoantibodies that result in type 1 diabetes, the second end-point of the TRIGR study is the development of type 1 diabetes by 10 years of age, the press release added.

"The NIH's continued support validates the possibility the connection with cow's milk protein and type 1 diabetes may appear a little later in the lives of children who live outside Finland or that hydrolyzed formula affects the rate of progression of autoimmunity to clinical diabetes in high-risk children," said Anita Nucci, assistant professor of nutrition at Georgia State University who is also the U.S. coordinator and the North America nutrition coordinator for TRIGR.

The research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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