Gluten-free nutrition for the mother protects the child from diabetes

If the mother-to-be follows a gluten-free nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding, she can apparently reduce her child’s risk of type 1 diabetes. Gluten from food changes the intestinal flora. This in turn increases the risk of developing type 1 diabetes. A Danish study now suggests that gluten can also have this effect on unborn children if the mother-to-be consumes gluten in her diet.

Autor: Dr. med. W. Tönnes 


gluten promotes type 1 diabetes

Gluten is a gluten protein found in wheat, spelt, rye, oats and barley.

A US study showed that gluten from food alters the intestinal flora in such a way that this effect apparently increases the risk of type 1 diabetes – at least in mice.

As long as the mice were fed gluten-free food, they had only a low risk of diabetes. However, when the researchers changed the mice’s nutrition again and added gluten, the risk of diabetes increased.

Thus, there seems to be a close connection between gluten and the development of type 1 diabetes – which is also indicated by the common occurrence of coeliac disease (gluten intolerance) and type 1 diabetes.

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