Will a Gluten-Free Diet Prevent Childhood Diabetes?

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Gluten Free Baby FoodWe moms have a lot to worry about. All the time. And feeding our kids is a huge source of angst, guilt, and second-guessing. So while it’s important to keep an eye on the latest research, it’s also important to note when that research is disproven -- so you can give yourself a break once in a while.
 
For families with a history of childhood diabetes, whether it’s because of genetics or diet, parents have sometimes been told to give babies a gluten-free diet for the first year of life. Several recent studies had shown a possible link, but this latest one says something different.

If you’ve heard people talk about going gluten-free but you don’t know why, here’s the lowdown: Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains. People who have celiac disease are allergic to gluten, and it does painful (and gross) damage to their intestines.
 
Since an immune reaction against your own “islet cells,” which are cells in the pancreas, is a precursor to diabetes, researchers thought there might be a link. This latest study of 150 babies seems to say that though a gluten-free diet doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t particularly help, either.
 
Scientists are continuing to look at other possible reasons kids get diabetes, including studying different kinds of formula. But for now, if you’ve been keeping your kid on a gluten-free diet in hopes of avoiding diabetes, don’t. And if you’ve been feeling bad for not doing that? Don’t!

Are your kids at risk for diabetes? What steps are you taking?


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Madel... MadelynMc

Grains and sugar cause a sharp spike in blood glucose which, in turn causes a spike in insulin. If your diet is full of grains and sugar, you are sure to have chronically high insulin which can lead to diabetes, inflammation, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, alzheimers (aka type 3 diabetes), etc. So eliminating gluten would eliminate a lot of the grains in the diet, which would help prevent diabetes. If you replace the gluten with other grains or consume even a moderate amount of sugar, it's not going to do any good. So... they are somewhat on the right track. Give up the grains.

jaxmadre jaxmadre

I truly believe we are being slowly poisened by processed foods, including gluten. Earlier this week, I resolved to remove grains and from my child's diet (I've already gone grain-free) restrict sugar, and absolutely disallow HFCS. He's at risk for diabetes from his father's side, but I'm even more interested in seeing if it help his focus and emotional well-being, since that's what's affecting him at the moment.
If the results I've seen in myself mean anything, then he's going to do great on gluten-free.
We don't need grains!

Victoria Goins

Everyone should get rid of gluten. It's not good for anyone.

nonmember avatar Karen

My kids may never like the taste of Gluten free diet.

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