Breastfeeding reduces the risk of high blood pressure after menopause

Health 30 January, 2018


Published the 30.01.2018 at 13: 00


The high blood pressure is one of the greatest risk factors for disease and mortality. If several studies have already shown that the absence of breast-feeding or premature discontinuation was associated with increased risks of diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease, few data have established a clear relationship between breastfeeding and high blood pressure.

A new study conducted at the University of Oxford, in England, has highlighted the beneficial effects of breastfeeding on the health of infants and their mothers. It has been shown by researchers that breast-feeding in the long term was associated with the reduction of allergies in children, celiac disease, obesity and diabetes mellitus.

The metabolism breast “reset”

Although there is a wide range of chronic diseases is not directly related to breastfeeding, some common mechanisms have been proposed to explain their relationship. First of all, the metabolism breast can be “reset” by breast-feeding after the pregnancy. This reduces the risk of diseases related to obesity.

The release of oxytocin stimulated by breastfeeding, might also be associated with the decreased risk of these diseases, notably because it acts on the smooth muscles of the uterus and mammary glands. “Our results have approved the current recommendations for breastfeeding the benefit of maternal health in the lives of mothers,” said Nam-Kyong Choi, author princpal of the study.