Diabetes in childrenThere are other physical problems that can accompany autism. One disorder that affects so many children today is diabetes. It is important to recognize the signs of diabetes, know the triggers and understand what you can do to prevent it from happening to your child.

Two Types of Diabetes

There are two types of diabetes: Type I and Type II. Type II diabetes is acquired insulin and leptin resistance and is directly related to poor diet, such as one high in processed foods and refined sugars, combined with a lack of exercise. If you are lucky, you can balance Type II diabetes with the proper diet and exercise with no need for insulin injections.

Type I diabetes is more severe. It is an autoimmune disease caused by the immune system attacking the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. People with Type 1 diabetes need injections of insulin to prevent death. Type I diabetes can be hereditary and its onset can be triggered by many things.

Common Triggers of Diabetes

  • Cow’s Milk: Drinking cow’s milk before the age of two is known to be one cause of juvenile diabetes (Vaarala O, Knip M, Paronen J, et al. Cow’s milk formula feeding induces primary immunization to insulin in infants at genetic risk for Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes 48(1999): 1389-1394). The milk proteins are quite similar to the proteins made by the pancreas which causes the body to attack its own insulin cells.
  • Vaccinations: According to Dr. Donald Miller, Jr, M.D.there has been a 17-fold increase in Type I diabetes, from 1 in 71 hundred children in the 1950s to 1 in 400 This correlates with the increase in the number vaccinations.
  • Virus exposure
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Feeding grains to infants: Do not feed your infant grains. It is often the first food offered to babies in their first year. These days, grains are often Vitamin D to prevent Diabetesprocessed, contain allergens, and feed the pathogenic bacteria in a babies’ gut.
  • Low levels of Vitamin D: about 70% of children in the US have low Vitamin D levels.
  • Poor diet: One example of poor diet is too many simple sugars which cause the pancreas to become stressed to the point of exhaustion. When this happens, it stops producing insulin and insulin injections become necessary. Get the food guide here.

Prevention Assistance

  • Vitamin D: Be sure vitamin D levels are adequate. One of the leading researchers in Vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick, has found that, “Children who receive Vitamin D supplements from the age of one and on had an 80% decreased risk of developing Type I diabetes” .
  • Test for gluten allergies as they are commonly related to Type 1 diabetes.
  • Use caution and be fully educated about vaccines.
  • Breastfeeding is the best choice always!
  • When weaning and beyond, a diet of healthy whole natural foods grown organically are best.
  • Stay away from the standard American diet of sodas, chips, processed foods, and those sprayed with pesticides or grown with antibiotics and hormones.
  • Fructose promotes insulin resistance and fat storage. This can be dangerous to your health. Be sure to avoid foods high in fructose, especially high fructose corn syrup.

There are many of the reasons why blood sugar can become imbalanced and what you can do to help keep it under control.

Please also listen to my other podcasts regarding diet, blood sugar and healthier eating strategies including:

Candida Induced Hypoglycemia

Blood Sugar and the Brain

Hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar

Holidays, Sugar and Behavior.

Healthier Holiday Eating Strategies

Gluten and the Brain

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats For Brain Health in Autism

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Learn more about food dyes here.

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