Milk and diabetes... more evidence

Several studies suggest that the early introduction of cow’s milk infant formula can lead to type-1 diabetes in some children. This new study adds even more evidence that cow’s milk proteins can trigger this disease. Researchers from Portland, Maine found antibodies to bovine beta-lactoglobulin (a protein in cow’s milk) in the blood of children with diabetes. Those without diabetes did not have antibodies. Type 1 diabetes develops when antibodies destroy the insulin-producing pancreatic cells. Several studies have suggested that cow’s milk proteins may trigger the production of these harmful antibodies. 

Goldfarb, M.F. 2008. Relation of time of introduction of cow milk protein to an infant and risk of type-1 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Proteome Research. 7 (5) 2165-2167.