Study shows no evidence that vaccinations cause Type 1 diabetes
In the July 2000 issue of Diabetes Care, researchers involved with the German BABYDIAB study published a report on their findings that breast feeding, vaccinations, and early childhood viral infections have no impact on islet antibody development in the first two years of life in kids who have a parent with Type 1 diabetes.
The study followed 823 children who had a parent with Type 1. After two years, 31 of the kids had islet antibodies and 10 had developed diabetes. According to the study, the following environmental factors had no impact on the development of islet antibodies:
- Duration of exclusive breast feeding, regardless of HLA type
- Breast feeding of 3 months or longer did not provide protection
- Vaccinations, including BCG, haemophilus influenzae, diphtheris, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, and rubella
The team noted a small but statistically insignificant difference in breast feeding time in children who had a father with Type 1 compared to those with a mother with Type 1. Mothers with Type 1 tended to breast feed for a shorter time than mothers without. The researchers noted that a larger study may reveal a difference for kids who are breast fed longer.Source:
No Major Association of Breast-Feeding, Vaccinations, and Childhood Viral Diseases With Early Islet Autoimmunity in the German BABYDIAB Study
Diabetes Care 23:969-974, 2000
Posted July 2, 2000
Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 20:59:48
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