Lower type 2 diabetes risk for women who breastfeed

Sat, 03 Apr 2010
According to diabetes news reports today, middle-aged and older women who breastfeed children face a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus, compared to those women that use a bottle to feed their babies. Breastfeeding has long been associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes .

The most recent Australian survey covered over 50,000 women who breastfed, never had children, or had children and never breastfed. The results concluded that those who breastfed their children for three months or more reported the lowest incidence of diabetes .

The risk of type 2 diabetes development was found to be similar for women with children compared to those who do not have children. However, each year of breastfeeding was associated with a 14 per cent lower risk of diabetes . This did not vary even when age, weight, history, exercise, education and income were considered.
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