According to a study published Tuesday January 16th in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), breastfeedi for at least six months reduces mothers’ risk of developing diabetes by as much as 47% in their lifetime,
This study, presented as one of the most extensive on this topic, involved more than 1,200 women aged 18 to 30 who participated in observations between 1985 and 2015.
“We found a very strong link between breastfeeding duration and reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, after taking into account all factors predisposing to this disease,” concluded Researchers.
These findings hold true for all women regardless of their ethnicity, a particularly significant finding for black American women who are at greater risk of diabetes and breastfeed less.
Nearly 12% of some 163 million Americans have adult diabetes and 27 million are considered pre-diabetic. High numbers explain the obesity epidemic in the United States, said scientists
The reason for the beneficial consequences of breastfeeding for women’s health has not been fully determined, confirm researchers . They think that the answer could be on the side of hormones: they could act as protective agents or, not breastfeed, could affect the hormonal balance.
“The results of this study could have an impact on social policies by encouraging longer maternity leave to allow women to breastfeed their children longer and to fully benefit from these positive health effects,” the scientists said.