A large Scandinavian study of 100,000 children found weight gains above normal during the first 12 months correlated with a higher risk for type 1 diabetes. The authors of the study suggest early rapid growth may place increased demand on the beta cells of the pancreas to release insulin, thus making them more vulnerable to damage by cytokines. Much more research is needed.

LifeTip: Preventing excessive weight gain in infants might reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes later in life.

Adapted from PositiveChoices.com

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