Breast-Feed Now, Avoid Diabetes Later
Breastfeeding has been known to come along with an over-supply of benefits for the mother. From weight-loss, speedy after-birth healing, decreasing breast and ovarian cancer risks, healthy hormone releases and now a source for prevention to Type 2 Diabetes.
Serving as a significant long-term benefit for mothers, breastfeeding babies not only reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes but also rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
“We found that a longer duration of breastfeeding was associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women,” said lead study author Erica Gunderson.
In fact, women who breastfed more than six months had about half the risk for type 2 diabetes as did women who never breastfed, according to Gunderson. She is an epidemiologist and senior research scientist with Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s division of research in Oakland.
In babies, breastfeeding has been linked to