Preventing Type 1 Diabetes Video

This health video will focus on ways that will help you prevent type 1 Diabetes.
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Jennifer Matthews: Seven year old David is used to this scenario. As a Type 1 diabetic, he checks his blood sugar four times a day. David Schenken: Sometimes my 3 o'clock snack and lunch and dinner and my bedtime snack. Jennifer Matthews: Until David, the Schenkens had no history of diabetes in their family. With another baby on the way, they were curious about the cause. Kyra Schenken: I did hear that breastfeeding possibly could prevent that, which I was like, oh gosh, since I was unsuccessful at it, I thought, oh my goodness, it's a little bit of guilt. Jennifer Matthews: So Kyra signed up for the TRIGR trial. Non-breastfed babies receive either standard formula or a special kind called hydrolyzed formula. Dorothy Becker: The two formulas are identical, except for the fact that the one has the protein already broken down. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Becker says one theory suggests digesting proteins from cow's milk before they break down may trigger diabetes. Studies in animals predisposed to diabetes surprised researchers. Dorothy Becker: The results were dramatic. If you gave the rats and mice predigested formula, diabetes was prevented in 80% of them. Jennifer Matthews: Kyra doesn't know if her unborn child will develop the disease, but she does know she is proud of David. Kyra Schenken: He has a pretty good attitude, and he is very responsible, so he has been handling it great. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting. Jennifer Matthews: Seven year old David is used to this scenario. As a Type 1 diabetic, he checks his blood sugar four times a day. David Schenken: Sometimes my 3 o'clock snack and lunch and dinner and my bedtime snack. Jennifer Matthews: Until David, the Schenkens had no history of diabetes in their family. With another baby on the way, they were curious about the cause. Kyra Schenken: I did hear that breastfeeding possibly could prevent that, which I was like, oh gosh, since I was unsuccessful at it, I thought, oh my goodness, it's a little bit of guilt. Jennifer Matthews: So Kyra signed up for the TRIGR trial. Non-breastfed babies receive either standard formula or a special kind called hydrolyzed formula. Dorothy Becker: The two formulas are identical, except for the fact that the one has the protein already broken down. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Becker says one theory suggests digesting proteins from cow's milk before they break down may trigger diabetes. Studies in animals predisposed to diabetes surprised researchers. Dorothy Becker: The results were dramatic. If you gave the rats and mice predigested formula, diabetes was prevented in 80% of them. Jennifer Matthews: Kyra doesn't know if her unborn child will develop the disease, but she does know she is proud of David. Kyra Schenken: He has a pretty good attitude, and he is very responsible, so he has been handling it great. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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