What You Can Do To Help Protect Your Child From Type 1 Diabetes

| February 11, 2017

I mentioned in my last blog post a study that shows people with type 1 diabetes have different gut bacteria from non-diabetics and a typical kind of inflammation in their gut. Another new review explains how the right balance of gut bacteria (the microbiome) is essential for the immune system to develop and function correctly – and how an imbalance can lead to the autoimmune attack in the pancreas that causes type 1 diabetes.1

The change in our diets and lifestyles that started in the mid-20th century is likely to have changed our microbiome in a way that explains the steady rise in cases of type 1 diabetes since that time. Newly-published research from The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada, helps to explain the complex relationship between diet, gut bacteria and immune system activity, which, together with genetic factors, determines the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.2

Based on this research, the following steps are likely to help prevent type 1 diabetes and make the condition easier to manage:

  • Avoid introducing gluten grains (e.g. wheat) and cow’s milk into your child’s diet for as long as possible (see here) and cut them out of your own diet as far as you can
  • Give your child a daily probiotic supplement (sugar and dairy-free) and take one yourself, too
  • Forget antibacterial surface sprays, hand washes and wipes. Let your child play outside in nature and enrol them in a play group. Contact with everyday bacteria builds their microbiome and strengthens their immune system
  • Allow antibiotics only when really necessary (see here), but always heed medical advice – most childhood infections resolve without antibiotics and result in stronger immunity
  • Sun exposure (vitamin D, see here), fresh air and exercise are important for your and your child’s immune system and general health
  • Keep your child’s diet (and your own) low in sugars and refined carbs, trans fats and processed foods – and high in fibre, fruit, vegetables and good quality protein (see here)

While the studies I mentioned above help to further our knowledge of diabetes and may result in more effective treatments, some “scientific” papers are more self-serving. Like the recent opinion piece by Big Pharma’s stooges that claims the link between statin drugs and type 2 diabetes isn’t real. More on this in my next blog post.

Wishing you the best of health,

Martin Hum
PhD DHD Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth

Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


1. Paun A, Yau C, Danska JS. The influence of the microbiome on type 1 diabetes. J Immunol. 2017; 198(2):590-595.

2. Scott FW, Pound LD, Patrick C, Eberhard CE, Crookshank JA. Where genes meet environment-integrating the role of gut luminal contents, immunity and pancreas in type 1 diabetes. Transl Res. 2017; 179:183-198.

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