Dairy products have been blamed for the rise of chronic diarrhea in children.
A new study finds the same chemicals are associated with similar symptoms and health problems.
Dairy products are linked to increased risk of gastrointestinal symptoms in children with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics.
The research found that children who consumed milk containing levaquin, a calcium-containing chemical used in milk production, had a higher risk of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and constipation.
A separate study published last year found that levaquin and a related chemical called calcium sulfate increased the risk of obesity in children, which could have implications for their health later in life.
In this June 4, 2018, photo, a child plays in the kitchen of the family home in the town of Gudas, Serbia.
Many of the children in the study were from impoverished families and received less than $4 a day.
The researchers also found that the children with levaquin consumption had lower serum insulin levels and lower levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).
The study did not examine whether levaquin causes any other health problems, like allergies or digestive issues, said lead author Anna Bijlsma, a professor at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
Children who drank milk containing Levaquin, the researchers found, had more than double the risk for having diarrhea.
This is an important finding, said Dr. Paul J. Ruhlman, a gastroenterologist at the National Institutes of Health.
He said the study is the first to show that the levaquin in milk is associated with a higher prevalence of diarrhea.
In addition, it raises the possibility that the chemicals can cause more serious problems.
“This raises a lot of concern because it indicates that we may need to look at levaquin to protect people from gastrointestinal symptoms that are associated in some children with intestinal diseases like celiac disease,” he said.
A large study from the U.S. found that in children who drank three glasses of milk per day for 12 weeks, the number of diarrhea-related symptoms increased by nearly two-fold.
Many countries, including the U:t, have moved away from milk products and dairy products as part of efforts to address food insecurity and rising obesity.
But the U is not the only country where levaquin is now a major concern.
In 2014, the U S. Food and Drug Administration banned levaquin.
But in 2015, it allowed it to be added to many products, including milk, yogurt, and some cheeses.
In 2016, a U.K. study found that while the chemical is not linked to gastrointestinal symptoms, it can cause abdominal pain.