Personal tools
You are here: Home Resources for Health Professionals Research Dietary Intervention in Infancy and Later Signs of Beta-Cell Autoimmunity
Looking for information on Health Transformation in Washington State? Get info on upcoming webinars and the latest news at  

Log in

Forgot your password?
Become a Contributor

Dietary Intervention in Infancy and Later Signs of Beta-Cell Autoimmunity

New England Journal of Medicine - Knip M, et al. N Engl J Med. 2010; 363:1900-1908

Researchers studied 230 infants in Finland who were randomly assigned after birth to receive either standard cow’s milk formula or a special formula in which the proteins had been broken down into components too small to activate the immune system (a process called hydrolyzation) whenever breast milk was not available. Breast-feeding was encouraged and exceeded national averages in both study groups. All of the infants had a genetic susceptibility to diabetes and had at least one family member with type 1 diabetes. They were followed until their 10th birthday.

 Results showed that infants who received the standard cow's milk formula were twice as likely to develop one or more diabetes-related antibodies. The antibodies took anywhere from 3 months to 10 years to appear. Study leader, Dr Mikael Knip of the University of Helsinki said: 'Our results indicate that a preventive dietary intervention aimed at decreasing the risk of type 1 diabetes may be feasible.'
However, the study was not large enough to draw any conclusions about the participants’ progression to overt type 1 diabetes.

A larger study of 2,160 infants, now ongoing in 15 countries, is expected to provide more definitive results in 2017.

Read abstract (full article available with subscription or for purchase)

Document Actions
American Stroke Month

May is American Stroke Month!

Partners throughout Washington are aiming to emphasize the ability of all people in Washington to act as "Stroke Heroes" - a campaign started by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  Being a stroke hero means recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke and calling 9-1-1 right away.  Find AHA/ASA's Stroke Month resources here as well as a Stroke Education Toolkit here and join partners in educating communities to recognize a stroke F.A.S.T.

On this site, you'll find...
...activities, best practices, links and resources for the Washington State Diabetes Network to foster collaboration and communication. From a broad array of organizations and people working in public, private, tribal, community and academic/training sectors to prevent and control diabetes and hypertension among Washington residents.
Learn Your Risk for Prediabetes


 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs, including diabetes prevention and management. Dial 2-1-1 or visit