Breastfeeding May Halve Diabetes Risk in Women 07105


Breastfeeding May Halve Diabetes Risk in Women

Women who breastfed for at least 6 months across all births reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes throughout their childbearing years by almost half compared with those who did not breastfeed, a 30-year study has found.
“We found a very strong association between breastfeeding duration and lower risk of developing diabetes, even after accounting for all possible confounding risk factors,” lead author Erica P. Gunderson, PhD, senior research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, said in a news release.
“The incidence of diabetes decreased in a graded manner as breastfeeding duration increased, regardless of race, gestational diabetes, lifestyle behaviors, body size, and other metabolic risk factors measured before pregnancy, implying the possibility that the underlying mechanism may be biological,” she explained.
Dr Gunderson and colleagues published their findings online January 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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