HealthWACH: Baby food and Diabetes

HealthWACH: Baby food and Diabetes


Juvenile, or type 1 diabetes, is an insulin-dependent disease that primarily affects children and is carried throughout adulthood. This chronic condition occurs when the pancreas is not producing enough insulin. The human body needs this hormone to allow sugar to enter the cells to produce energy. The cause of type 1 diabetes may be from genetics or an exposure to certain viruses. There is not a cure for diabetes, but it can be maintained with the right treatment.

Breastfeeding is the most favored form of feeding newborns and babies. Breast milk has been said to provide the most nutrients and benefits to help infants grow into healthy and strong toddlers. The nutrients in breast milk help fight off infections and illness that infants are typically susceptible to and offers beneficial value to moms as well. It is recommended that babies are breastfed until the six to twelve month mark to ensure the the health and well-being of your baby.

Although breastfeeding has always been the recommended source of food for your baby, researchers are now saying that solid foods should be introduced to infants before the four to six month mark. This introduction to solid food is said to reduce the risk of infants developing type 1 diabetes. This doesnâ??t mean that mothers should stop breastfeeding at this mark, but they should slowly begin to feed their babies with solid foods, such as barley, wheat, and rice. Late introduction to solid foods may also lead to a deficiency of nutrients that babies need. Breast milk may not provide the right amount of energy that solid food will.