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type 1 diabetes, early cereal use

Posted by mindy on November 10, 2003 at 10:49:36:

yesterday's paper reported on a study that said babies who started on cereal ( grain-based mush, I suppose) before 4 months of age or after 6 months of age, were 4 and 5 times more likely to get type 1 diabetes than babies who were started on it from 4-6 months old.

This seems, intuitively, stupid to me, since lots of families have only one kid with type 1 and I would expect moms to introduce cereal at about the same age for all her kids, but, maybe I'm wrong.

In my family, all kids started cereal outside the 4-6 month window and only one got diabetes. That one is also the only kid with type O blood. Since type O is supposed to have more of an issue with grain than other blood types, I would be interested in whether other kids with type 1 also have type o blood.

So,for anyone dealing with type 1- what blood type is the individual with type 1?
do unaffected siblings have the same blood type?
were all kids started on cereal at the same age, if not, when for each?
does the early/late cereal connection fit your experience?
what kind (s) of cereal did you use?
My kids got only brown rice cereal in their first year of life (plus veggie mush, but for cereal, brown rice was it)



Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 11, 2003 at 09:17:53:

In Reply to: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use posted by mindy on November 10, 2003 at 10:49:36:

Thanks, Mindy.

The relationship of diabetes with early exposure to cow's milk has been known for more than 10 years. This cereal revelation is new. I saw the article as well.

My children were raised long before I knew anything but what I was taught in medical school. One of the 4 has severe diabetes. I would hate to think that my delaying going beyond my paradigm contributed to his problem.

As my dad always used to say: "Ve get too soon oldt and too late smardt."

Walt



Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.)

Posted by Marion on November 11, 2003 at 09:34:19:

In Reply to: Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on November 11, 2003 at 09:17:53:

Hi, Walt,
When my first child (who was diagnosed with Type 1 at 6 1/2 years) was born, we lived in NYC and had a doctor who had "old-fashioned" beliefs. My son did not have cow's milk until he was 9 months - he had cereal at 6 months (could have been later). The women in our apartment building thought this was terrible and bragged about their children getting these things early.
I actually thought about changing pediatricians!
Then we moved and my other two children had cereal and cow's milk very early (it's been too long ago to remember just when, but I remember being so glad that they could have "regular" milk and cereal). The other two are not diabetic. One is 39 and one is 43. I sometimes wonder about these studies.



Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.)

Posted by mindy on November 11, 2003 at 12:26:54:

In Reply to: Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on November 11, 2003 at 09:17:53:

my son has never had anything with cow's milk. He's breast-fed. whole grain vegan, now off wheat and barley malt.

I always figured that the appearance of teeth is nature's way of telling you to give your baby something other than liquid

What's your current paradigm for feeding babies- what do you advise your daughter and daughters-in-law in feeding your grandchildren.

What's your child with diabetes (type 1?) blood type- how's he doing as he ages?
Do your kids follow a healthy dietary lifestyle, or do they go the way of America?



Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 12, 2003 at 07:59:26:

In Reply to: Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.) posted by Marion on November 11, 2003 at 09:34:19:

Hi, Marion.

One has to understand how statistics work.

The vast majority of kids who have cows' milk and cereal early do not get juvenile diabetes! It is just that there is a higher incidence in those who do than in those who do not.

Walt

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Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 12, 2003 at 08:31:10:

In Reply to: Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.) posted by mindy on November 11, 2003 at 12:26:54:

Thanks, Mindy.

My kids were grown before I learned about the WFD, My grandchildren mostly eat whole foods but my wife delights in feeding them the junkiest food she can imagine or find. Of course the kids do not know any better so they LOVE to come to grandma's house to visit.

Hope this helps.

Walt



Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.)

Posted by Sally on November 12, 2003 at 09:20:34:

In Reply to: Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on November 12, 2003 at 08:31:10:

Walt, thanks for my first LOL of the day. In a way it's nice to think you haven't forced your beliefs on her. No one should take away that right.

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Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.)

Posted by mindy on November 12, 2003 at 10:26:29:

In Reply to: Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on November 12, 2003 at 08:31:10:

my mother-in-law lived to 90 eating mostly cookies, ice cream, peanut butter, and buttermilk. She also took a lot of garlic.Never had diabetes or heart problems, finally got cancer everywhere. She was type o.
Guess junk food isn't necessarily a death sentence, though I don't have it in the house.



Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.)

Posted by Night Owl on November 12, 2003 at 14:33:04:

In Reply to: Re: type 1 diabetes, early cereal use (Archive.) posted by mindy on November 12, 2003 at 10:26:29:

My grandmother loved white bread with a thick layer of butter and a lot of whole milk. She always ate a lot of white noodles and made amazing cookies and pies. She died at 92 and had a very clear mind until the last day of her life.

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