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Divorce Linked to Child Diabetes

Published onsdag 24 oktober 2007 kl 11.12

According to new Swedish research, divorce and other traumatic family events increase the risk that children will suffer from diabetes.

Some 17,000 children have been studied over a ten year period.

Professor and Senior Physician Johnny Ludvigsson of the University Hospital in Linköping tells the newspaper “Östgöta-Correspondenten” that this is the first time it has been possible to establish that psychological stress within a family is linked to the development of antibodies against insulin-producing cells.

He also says stress can lead to children being overweight, which also increases the risk of diabetes. The study also indicates a greater chance of diabetes if breastfeeding ends too early and if babies are given cow’s milk during their first months.

Sweden has the second highest occurrence of children’s diabetes in the world, after Finland.

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