Timing That First Spoonful: Diabetes risk reflects when cereals enter infant diet

10:48am, October 1, 2003

Precisely when babies first eat cereals may affect their odds of subsequently developing diabetes. Two studies suggest that giving cereals to diabetes-susceptible infants within 3 months of birth greatly enhances their risk for type 1 diabetes. One of these studies also concludes that waiting 7 months or more before introducing cereal carries similar risk. Other researchers say the intriguing new leads don't yet warrant changes in baby-care guidelines.

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