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From Sacramento, California, USA:

I have a two-fold question. First I am inquiring because my 7 year old daughter has had a severe problem with chronic constipation. Her cousin also had such a problem, as did the daughter of a day-care provider and both of them have since developed type 1 diabetes. Is chronic constipation a very early indicator of possible diabetes?

Also, this problem is worsened when she consumes milk, which her doctor does not feel is a problem. Because of the link between milk and diabetes I am concerned about continuing dairy. However, your discussions on milk center around infants and I was wondering if there is any research which finds a link in consuming milk in older children of any consequence?


Constipation is often a feature at presentation of diabetes purely because of the dehydration that occurs. You shouldn't worry about milk unless your daughter consumes large quantities and doesn't eat enough roughage -- perhaps a cause of her constipation. Even if milk was involved in the development of her diabetes (unlikely), there is no problem with her drinking it now.


Original posting 14 Mar 1999
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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