Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 17, 1999
Research: Causes and Prevention
Question from Harrison, New York, USA:
My husband is a juvenile onset diabetic (his brother also, father adult onset). We have a 10 month old son, and have been giving him cheese, some yoghurt, and other cow's milk for 2-3 months. Our doctor said this was fine. However, I read information regarding the Coxsackie virus and the immune system fighting the viral infection off and inadvertently destroying the GAD structures. Please if you can help answer if I already did damage. When I can safely feed him cheese, milk, etc?
I would check with your doctor, but I do not think any harm has been done.
I think you are pretty much right on schedule. We usually say formula or breast milk for the first year, but cheese and yogurt are fine to add after 6-9 months. Do not give low fat milk until after their second birthday since they need the fat in the milk.
[Editor’s comment: Research into cow’s milk as a potential environmental trigger is not conclusive. See Cow’s Milk Not Linked to Type 1 Diabetes, for example.