Health Report: Juvenile Diabetes

- Once called juvenile diabetes, type-one diabetes is a serious illness requiring a lifetime of injections.
Two hundred fifteen thousand kids and adults are currently living with this type of diabetes.
New research reveals what you feed your baby could play a significant role in the chances of your little one developing the disease.
Lou Baxter has the story.

Like all moms, Natasha McPheron wants the best for her new baby, but her current feeding plan actually may be harmful to little Isaac.

Natasha McPheron, mom, said: "I plan on at least breast feeding for a year before I try to introduce more."

New research from the University of Colorado Denver warns there's a small window of time to introduce solid food, from four to six months of age.

Natasha, "That is pretty shocking that it's that, that little window. I don't know how they came up with that research."

If mothers introduce solid food before the fourth month, there's a two-fold risk of diabetes.

Dr. Jim Norris, Colorado School of Public Health, said: "If you introduce solid foods after six months, in other words, if the first time you introduce them is after six months, you have a three-fold increased risk of Type 1 diabetes."

Baby Isaac's mom is reconsidering her plan. Diabetes runs in the family.

Natasha, "If it can be prevented, I am going to do it, for sure."

With some food for thought when it comes to what you're feeding your little one, Lou Baxter Jet 24 Action News.

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