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Diabetes Care. 1991 Nov;14(11):1081-3.

Relationship between cows' milk consumption and incidence of IDDM in childhood.

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Aker Diabetes Research Center, Aker University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare age-standardized incidence rates of diabetes in children 0-14 yr of age and cows' milk consumption in various countries.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS:

Ecological correlation study. Only incidence rates from diabetes registries carefully validated by the Diabetes Epidemiology Research International Study Group were used-Finland, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Denmark, United States, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, France, Israel, and Japan. Data on fluid cows' milk consumption in corresponding countries were obtained from the International Dairy Federation.

RESULTS:

Correlation between milk consumption and incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) was 0.96. The data fit a linear regression model, and analysis showed that 94% of the geographic variation in incidence might be explained by differences in milk consumption.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results support the hypothesis that cows' milk may contain a triggering factor for the development of IDDM.

PMID:
1797491
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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