Study Finds Breastfeeding Cuts Risk of Mother Getting Diabetes
A 20-year-old study reveals breastfeeding for one month can cut the risk of developing pre-diabetes, which has the potential of leading to full-blown diabetes and heart disease, by half.
The study of 704 women, all expecting their first child, focused on the advancement of Metabolic Syndrome, a pre-diabetes condition, in the two decades following the births.
Breastfeeding lowered the risk by between 38 and 56 percent depending on how long it continued, according to the discoveries published in the journal Diabetes.
Dr. Erica Gunderson, who works for a Kaiser Permanente branch in California, was unsure how breastfeeding affects the diabetes risk factors as the effects didn’t appear to be due to variations in physical activity, weight gain or personal lifestyle. (Daily Mail)