According to recent research, a special type of Formula milk could give babies life-long protection against both obesity and diabetes . The milk, supplemented with lepti, is under development by scientists. The project has already drawn a storm of controversy, because it encourages mothers not to breast feed, a method shown to have the best health benefits.
Leptin suppresses hunger, and medical experts have already called the research ‘scary’ and a ‘cash-in’ on obesity fears. However, the scientists, at Buckingham University, say that the research could be invaluable in fighting obesity and the weight crisis being faced by the UK. Not only that, this type of milk could prevent diabetes.
Leptin has already been used in diets, yet the adult body quickly resists it. However, amongst children, the hormone could be more effective. Furthermore, when fed to pregnant rats, their children remained lean and remained free of type 2 diabetes.
Michael Cawthorne, the lead researcher, reportedly commented: “These babies might be programmed so that they resist the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. It could be life-long protection. The supplemented milks are simply adding back something that was originally present: breast milk contains leptin and formula feeds don’t.”

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