Can Probiotics in Early Infancy Help Reduce Diabetes Risk?

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Yes, say researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In a study involving roughly 7,500 children in the United States and Europe, they discovered that adding good bacteria called probiotics to early feedings reduced the risk of type 1 diabetes in kids who are genetically predisposed (meaning their genes put them at a higher risk of developing the chronic condition).

In this study, scientists discovered that among high-risk babies, newborns who received additional good bacteria in the first 27 days of life were 60% less likely to develop type 1 diabetes. The early supplementation is critical, say study authors, who point out that giving the babies probiotics beyond the 27-day mark did not seem to be as beneficial with regard to reduced type 1 diabetes risk.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body—specifically the pancreas—produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that transports glucose (blood sugar) from the bloodstream to different parts of the body where it is needed for energy. Among the many factors that may contribute to a child being born with type 1 diabetes, scientists speculate that an imbalance of bacteria in the gut may play a role.

While they agree further research is needed, study authors believe early supplementation with additional good bacteria may help establish a healthy microbiome, which in turn may support health later in life.

Sources:
http://www.endocrinologyadvisor.com/diabetes/type-1-diabetes-and-probiotics-in-newborns/article/453569/
http://www.tbo.com/news/education/probiotics-for-infants-may-prevent-diabetes-usf-study-shows-20151117/
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20151111/newborn-probiotic-use-tied-to-lower-risk-of-type-1-diabetes
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/?referrer=https://www.google.com/
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/basics/definition/con-20019573

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