Study Finds No Link Between Gluten and Diabetes Risk In Babies

May 23, 2011

A gluten-free diet for a baby with a family history of diabetes does not lower the chances of getting the disease, according to German researchers. The findings are counter to earlier research by the same group of scientists, that suggested a link between gluten exposure during the first year of life and an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. 

Gluten is a protein found in wheat that gives dough it's elasticity. About 1 percent of people in the U.S. have celiac disease, an immune disorder that attacks the intestines and is triggered by gluten. 

The results of the study have been released by the American Diabetes Association

 


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