Formula feeding linked to chronic long term health problems.

 

A new study has determined that infants fed formula, rather than , experience significant 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 . The showed a link between formula-feeding and a higher risk for chronic diseases later in life; however, an explanation for that link is still missing. Rhesus monkeys in this study were formula fed or breast fed.

The comparative analysis of  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 in formula-fed infants. “Our findings support the that practice profoundly influences in developing infants and may be the link between early feeding and the development of later in life,” the .

Aifric O’Sullivan, Xuan He, Elizabeth M. S. McNiven, Neill W. Haggarty, Bo Lönnerdal, Carolyn M. Slupsky. Early Diet Impacts Infant Rhesus Gut Microbiome, Immunity, and . Journal of Proteome Research, 2013; : 130523132331005 DOI: 10.1021/pr4001702

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