What the research has to say?

According to the researchers, from Norway, there is a study that shows how weight gain among newborn babies affect their risk of developing type 1 diabetes. The risk is within their first year of life. The weight gain of the newborn baby during the first year of life must not be more than 14lbs. or 6kgs. In every 2lbs added to his/her weight during the first year may mean 20% of possibilities to develop type 1 diabetes upon reaching 9 years old according to the researchers. The findings have indicated that during the early childhood days the environment influences a lot in terms of developing the type 1 diabetes.

However, the researchers have added that the early gain might only mean one of the many factors that may influence the risk of developing diabetes risk and that they do not suggest the parents or the doctors to try to lessen the growth of the infant for the reason of lessening the risk of diabetes in the kid. Moreover, according to Magnus, the link between the weight gain during the early life of the infant and the possibility of type 1 diabetes is only an investigation. The study doesn’t prove anything yet between the 2 according to researchers. She also added that there is no simple advice to ever give to the parents based on the study.

Diabetes as an autoimmune disease

Around 5% of the people with diabetes have type 1 disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. It is a type of autoimmune disease that actually makes the body’s immunity to wrongfully ruin the beta cells in the pancreas that make the hormone insulin. Magnus even added that the environmental risk factors for the said disease are not well comprehended.  In the type 1 diabetes, the autoimmune attack leaves the body without the capacity to come up with insulin. The insulin is important for the breaking down of the sugars in the foods and in collecting it from the bloodstream into cells; this is where the glucose is the primary source of the energy the body needs to function well. Those with type 2 diabetes must chance the lost insulin; this may be done through injections daily depending on the dose assigned by the doctor.

According to the doctors, they have speculated that the additional stress place on the pancreatic beta cells to come up with more insulin to balance the weight gain that may ruin them. The alleviated risk may also be because of the alterations in the bacteria visible in the gut according to the researchers.  It is still very early to alter any practice, for example, about the feeding schedule of the baby, in light of the findings.  The weight gain among infants may only mean some factors that may affect the risk of developing type-1 diabetes and in any case might have a possible side effect. The truth is that, the risk of having type 1 diabetes among kids is truly simple; any possible influence of weight gain might likely be limited to scale for some people.