Breastfeed at least 6 months divided by 2 the risk of diabetes in the mother

Health 22 January, 2018


Published the 22.01.2018 at 19h59


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“We found an association very strong between the duration of breastfeeding and the risk of developing diabetes, even after taking into account all the risk factors and confounding” welcomed Erica P. Gunderson, the lead author of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
In this study, which lasted 30 years, women who have breastfed for at least six months saw their risk of developing type 2 diabetes decrease of 47% compared to those who were not breastfed at all.
The new results add to a growing body of evidence that breastfeeding has a protective effect for mothers and their offspring : reduction in the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, among others.
The incidence of diabetes decreased gradually as the duration of breastfeeding increased, regardless of the origin, gestational diabetes, lifestyle, body size and other metabolic risk factors measured prior to the pregnancy.

An incentive to breastfeed

“We know for a long time that breastfeeding provides many benefits for both mothers and for babies, but previous evidence showed only weak effects on chronic disease in women,” says Tracy Flanagan, director of the pole of women’s health Kaiser Permanente. “Now, we see a protection much stronger. Nurses, hospitals and policy makers should help women and their families to breastfeed for as long as possible “.

In contrast to previous studies on breastfeeding, which were based on the self-reporting of the onset of diabetes, and followed later the older women, the women have been followed during the period of procreation. This is a real guarantee of quality.