New link to diabetes
Friday 04 October 1996
Insulin-dependent diabetes develops when the body's immune system destroys the beta-cells in the pancreas that make insulin. No one knows why this auto-immune reaction happens, but one theory is that cow's milk can stimulate the immune system to react to certain milk proteins. These milk proteins resemble others found on the surface of insulin-producing beta-cells. As a result, the immune system is tricked into attacking and destroying them. Glenda Cooper
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