Diabetes risk 'reduced in breastfeeding mums and babies'

4 December 2015

Breastfeeding has been found to reduce the diabetes risk in both mothers and their offspring.

Research carried out at the University of Manitoba revealed a woman's risk of developing diabetes is cut by a quarter if she breastfeeds her baby.

The infant was also found to benefit, with their diabetes risk being cut by one-fifth thanks to be breastfed.

Researchers have therefore called for more to be done to encourage women from different backgrounds to breastfeed their children.

Professor Gary Shen, one of the scientists involved in the study, commented: "Breastfeeding initiation was associated with a reduced risk of subsequently developing diabetes among women and their offspring. 

"Breastfeeding initiation should be promoted in general population."

The findings, which were unveiled at the 2015 World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver, were based on an analysis of 334,553 deliveries between 1987 and 2011.

According to data from the NHS, diabetes currently affects 3.9 million people in the UK.

Some 90 per cent of diabetic adults have type 2 diabetes - making it the most common type of diabetes by a considerable margin.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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