Cow's Milk and Diabetes

A new Finnish study claims consuming dairy products early on correlates with diabetes risk. NewScientist is on it:
One explanation is that beta-lactoglobulin, a protein in cow's, but not human, milk prompts babies to make antibodies that also attack glycodelin, a protein vital for training the immune system. The mistuned immune system then mistakenly destroys insulin-producing pancreatic cells, leading to type 1 diabetes.

“The mistuned immune system mistakenly destroys insulin-producing cells”

Now Marcia Goldfarb of the company Anatek-EP in Portland, Maine, has found that five children with type 1 diabetes, who were fed cow's-milk formula, all have antibodies to beta-lactoglobulin.
Not that surprising. Cow’s milk is not exactly good for you, especially for kids. Dr. Fuhrman explains:
The leading cause of digestive intolerance leading to stomach complaints is dairy products. Many kids have subtle allergies to cow's milk that perpetuate their nasal congestion, leading to ear infections.

Milk, which is designed by nature for the rapidly growing cow, has about half its calories supplied from fat. The fatty component is concentrated more to make cheese and butter. Milk and cheese are the foods Americans encourage their children to eat, believing them to be healthy foods. Fifty years of heavy advertising by an economically powerful industry has shaped the public's perception, illustrating the power of one-sided advertising, but the reality and true health effects on our children is a different story. Besides the link between high-saturated-fat foods (dairy fat) and cancer, there is a body of scientific literature linking the consumption of cow's milk to many other diseases. If we expect our children to resist many common illnesses, they simply must consume less milk, cheese, and butter. Dairy foods should be consumed in limited quantity or not at all.

Cow's milk contains the calcium people need, but other foods are rich in calcium, too, including vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. Today we do not need to rely on cows for our calcium. We can eat greens directly for calcium, the place where cows get it to begin with, and orange juice and soy milks are fortified with calcium and vitamin D, too. It is easy to meet our nutrient needs for these substances without the risks of cow's milk.
Yucky, milk makes me nauseas.
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Israel2Preview - May 9, 2008 3:44 PM

Is there a similar or related link to Type 2 Diabetes?

I am inclined toward type 2, and was allergic to cows milk as an infant and was given goats milk instead. My mother didn't believe in breast feeding as, I am told, it was out of fashion in the early 1950's.

As a youth I suffered from mononucleosis, chronic tonsilitis, and as a teenager I had seasonal respiratory allergies constantly, with the most severe symptoms in the fall (ragweed pollen?) and spring, (assorted pollens?).

I underwent a tonsilectomy at age 18 and the tonsilitis stopped, but the allergies continued.

The respiratory allergies lessend in severity the last few years, (my mid fifties) but were still there prior to adopting the ETL life style. This spring and fall I was completly allergy free, for the first time in my life, and the first full year on ETL.

This is just one of the many health benefits I have noted since starting ETL. I still struggle with starch cravings, but when I persevere, the remaining health issues that manifest symptoms (high blood sugar) disappeaar as I approach my ideal BMI. The last 10 lb. makes all the difference.

Thank you Dr. Fuhrman, for all you do.


Duane - November 11, 2010 2:46 PM

I have recently been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. I monitor my sugar twice daily. The other night we had Mac & Cheese for dinner. Prior to the meal, my B/S was 96. I ate dinner and went to bed. The next morning, my B/S was 176. That is considerably higher than I had been seeing it. That day, I took a "leftover" plate of Mac & cheese to work and when I got home that afternoon, my B/S was 184.

That evening, ironically, my church was serving Mac & Cheese as a side item. I chose not to partake. My reading the very next morning was 110 and by the afternoon, it was 96.

Before being diagnosed with Type II, I noticed that on nights that I had a glass of milk before going to bed, I would wake up with a dry mouth and frequent urination. Those symptoms stopped because I stoppped drinking milk before bed time. Not knowing I had diabetes, I thought little of the symptoms and certainly did not put those ideas together until AFTER being diagnosed.

So, I am wondering if I have an allergy to milk and cheese that is manifesting itself as the symptoms of diabetes because when I don't consume cheese or milk, my blood sugar is within a normal range.

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