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Study Links Timing Of Introduction Of Solid Foods In Babies’ Diet To Risk Of Diabetes

July 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Babies who start eating solid foods early (less than four months old) or late (at six months or later) are more likely to have type 1 diabetes, according to a U.S. study. The study found that early exposure to fruit and late exposure to rice/oats was linked to a greater risk of type 1 diabetes, while breastfeeding when wheat or barley were introduced seemed to be associated with a decreased risk. Incidence of type 1 diabetes is increasing globally, more rapidly among children younger than age 5, and scientists are focusing more closely on the role of diet. The researchers suggested further research among larger study samples.
Brittni Frederiksen et al., "Infant Exposures and Development of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: The Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young", JAMA Pediatrics, July 08, 2013, © American Medical Association
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