Health Beat: Diabetes development: Baby food & type 1 diabetes
Updated On: Dec 04 2013 06:08:03 PM CST
Once called juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is a serious illness requiring a lifetime of injections.
Some 215,000 kids and adults are currently living with this type of diabetes. New research reveals what you feed your baby could play a significant role in the chances of your little one developing the disease.
Like all moms, Natasha McPheron wants the best for her new baby, but her current feeding plan actually may be harmful to little Isaac.
"I plan on at least breast feeding for a year before I try to introduce more," McPheron said.
New research from the University of Colorado Denver warns there’s a small window of time to introduce solid food, from four to six months of age.
"That is pretty shocking that it's that little window. I don’t know how they came up with that research," McPheron said.
If mothers introduce solid food before the fourth month, there's a two-fold risk of diabetes.
"If you introduce solid foods after six months, in other words, if the first time you introduce them is after six months, you have three-fold increased risk of type 1 diabetes," said Dr. Jill M. Norris, professor and chairwoman of epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health.
Baby Isaac’s mom is reconsidering her plan. Diabetes runs in the family.
"If it can be prevented, I am going to do it for sure," McPheron said.
The research was done in children with an increased genetic risk for type 1, but researchers believe the findings may apply to all babies.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Police: Trooper accidentally killed by fellow Trooper
Police: Eric Frein spotted, explosives found
Gnat invasion bugging many residents
Game Commission bans hunting in manhunt search area
New details emerge about teacher's aide accused of driving rampage
Search for Eric Frein remains a dangerous operation
Man killed in Northampton Co. motorcycle crash
Life Lessons: 5 bizarre weight loss tricks
Search for Eric Frein focuses along Rt. 447 in Monroe County
School bus driver cited for careless driving following crash