Dairy Causing T1D

By Alexx_x Latest Reply 2014-03-12 12:43:10 -0500
Started 2014-03-11 11:05:51 -0500

Okay so this is going to be a little bit of a rant but I'm really looking to see if anyone else has heard this.
I just had a class where we had a presentation about nutrition, mainly the guy was talking about how meat and dairy are horrible for us and we shouldn't eat anything except plants, it all sounded like bullshit to me.
Anyway, one thing he mentioned was about drinking milk at too young of an age is what causes type one diabetes. Something about something in the milk that doesn't get broken down and it looks like the basal cells so the body starts attacking the basal cells along with this molecule or whatever it was. He also said that T1D can basically be prevented by not feeding any dairy products to kids under 2.
Does this sound like bullshit to anyone else? Has anyone heard of a study done about this? Or am I just overreacting?

4 replies

Type1Lou 2014-03-12 12:43:10 -0500 Report

The truth of the matter is that no one yet really knows what triggers the body to start destroying the insulin-producing cells. There is likely to be more than one single cause. I ate lots of dairy and drank lots of milk as a child but did not develop my Type 1 until age 27…seems like if dairy were that bad, there would be a lot more of us Type 1's and at an earlier age. There does appear to be increasing evidence that we should be eating fewer "processed" foods and concentrate on a diet of items that occur more naturally. I vote with you on the BS ranking.

jayabee52 2014-03-11 17:12:13 -0500 Report

Howdy Alex
If you look at it logically, the premise of this person's presentation is basically bogus (or as you so colorfully put it "BS")! Infants (up to age 2) are required to drink milk for nutritive requirements.

The mother's milk is best, but when I was born, my mother could not produce enough milk for me I got fed using a bottle and cow's milk. (after all I grew up on a dairy farm).

I had no problem at all with milk as I was growing up and didn't start having lactose intolerance until I was in my 50s.

I think that what you encountered was a attempt to indoctrinate you into Veganism.
Yes i discovered that there has been a study of this issue: and according to one of the banners in the document "Early cow's milk exposure may be an important determinant of subsequent type I diabetes and may increase the risk —1.5 times." http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/17/1...

However notice the weasel word "may" there. There has not a causal relationship established. And if one gets right down to it, a large number of T1s were exclusively breast fed. So the cow's milk need not be the determining factor.

What you wrote that he said: " . . . T1D can basically be prevented by not feeding any dairy products to kids under 2" Is belied by the fact that there are some T1s out there who were breast fed until (or past) 2 y/o.

What he did was a study and "cherry pick" results and present them to you, and ignore any results which contradicted his simplistic premise. If it were ONLY that easy to prevent T1D! (don't accept any offers for bridge sales — LoL)

God's best to you and yours

James Baker . .

mjhorgan 2014-03-11 13:05:56 -0500 Report

I have heard this theory, but it is only one theory of many out there. Milk is an important part of an infants diet. That being said I did have an allergy to milk as a baby and I ended up with T1D. I was part a research study in Boston for something different but related to T1D. I told the research director about this and he just laughed and he said nothing is proven along those lines of thinking.

Nick1962 2014-03-11 12:27:17 -0500 Report

There is something to the milk debate, but I think whoever presented it may have really confused the issue. Supposedly, we humans aren’t meant to process dairy past the nursing years, but like most mammals, it’s necessary until then. Ideally in the natural mother’s form. Since mother’s milk is species specific, it’s designed to feed the infant/animal at the rate for that species. A cow grows 4 times faster than a human, so straight cow’s milk really is an overdose of fats and proteins for a human. Which is one reason we have “formula”.

The enzyme that doesn’t get broken down is called Lactase, which is a natural sugar in milk and dairy products. It’s said that after nursing age, adults become increasingly lactose intolerant.

As for infants – the “hypothesis” of early exposure to Lactase and the link to T1 has only been around since the 80’s and not yet proven. Frankly, if there were a strong link, I know a lot of my fellow Midwesterners who should be dead or at least raging T1’s.

Here’s some sciency stuff on the subject http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10426365, but there’s so much other info out there – might be a good research project for you.

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