There’s nothing more precious than the first few days of a baby’s life. And those early days are important for more than just bonding. In fact, it turns out we may have just a four week window to help them prevent a debilitating disease that could stay with them forever.
I’m talking about Type 1 diabetes.
According to a new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, adding a simple probiotic to an infant’s formula may keep him from ever developing Type 1 diabetes — even if the disease runs in your family.
For the study, a team of researchers looked at 7,500 children between 4 and 10 years old.
It turns out that the children who were fed a probiotic — either in their formula or through a liquid supplement — during their first 27 days of life were 60 per cent less likely to develop what’s known as islet autoimmunity.
That’s a condition that typically leads to Type 1 diabetes.
Just imagine that — being able to slash by 60 per cent the chance a child you love will spend life tethered to an insulin pump, or fighting the fatigue, vision loss, irritability, and even bedwetting that can accompany Type 1 diabetes.
The secret seems to be that probiotics help children boost their immune systems. And Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system basically attacks the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas.
It’s important to note here that researchers found the probiotic treatment only worked when it was given during the first 27 days of a baby’s life. That suggests there’s a pretty narrow window of time to keep Type 1 diabetes from taking root.
The good news is that probiotics are a good idea for all babies, whether they’re at risk for Type 1 diabetes or not. Probiotics can help your child or grandchild develop a strong immune system and improve digestion.
If someone you love has a little one on the way, be sure to share this article with them. Getting the word out about this latest development can help make life better for an awful lot of children.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Newborn probiotic use tied to lower risk of type 1 diabetes, nlm.nih.gov