Formula Feeding linked to Obesity and Type II Diabetes

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Wed, 06-12-2013 - 6:48pm

Formula-Feeding Linked to Metabolic Stress and Increased Risk of Later Disease

June 5, 2013 — New evidence from research suggests that infants fed formula, rather than breast milk, experience metabolic stress that could play a part in the long-recognized link between formula-feeding and an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other conditions in adult life.The study appears in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research.

Carolyn Slupsky and colleagues explain that past research showed a link between formula-feeding and a higher risk for chronic diseases later in life. Gaps exist, however, in the scientific understanding of the basis for that link. The scientists turned to rhesus monkeys, stand-ins for human infants in such research, that were formula-fed or breast-fed for data to fill those gaps.

Their analysis of the monkeys' urine, blood and stool samples identified key differences between formula-fed and breast-fed individuals. It also produced hints that reducing the protein content of infant formula might be beneficial in reducing the metabolic stress in formula-fed infants.

"Our findings support the contention that infant feeding practice profoundly influences metabolism in developing infants and may be the link between early feeding and the development of metabolic disease later in life," the study states.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605133710.htm

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Registered: 10-01-2010

I think it might make a difference from one generation to the next because of the amount of fructose in today's formula. The more I read about fructose, the more I think about the amount baby is taking in from birth.

Yes, McDonalds and lack of exercise definitely play a big part - but I think it starts much sooner than that.


Feeding Infants Fructose | Weight of the Evidence

http://weightoftheevidence.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/feeding-infants-fructose/

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Interesting book subject.

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Registered: 09-01-2002

Oh please.  It's interesting that none of the rhesus monkeys no matter how fed ever became obese. 

I'm from a formula-fed generation and never even heard the term "childhood obesity" because it was so darn rare.  Yet there it is today, childhood obesity increasing at an alarming rate while more and more babies are being breastfeed than during mine and previous generations.  It's simple math.  Less McDonalds, more exercise and leave the monkeys alone. Tongue Out