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Breastfeeding Lowers Diabetes Risk

A new study at the University of Pittsburgh has linked Type 2 diabetes with women who didn’t breast-feed their infants. Over 2,200 women took part in the study, ages ranging from 40 to 78. Of the women who didn’t breast-feed, 27 percent developed type 2 diabetes, which is double from the women who did breast-feed or had never had children.

Previously, doctors thought that it was only if the mother breast-feed for over 6 months would the risk be lowered, however, this new study has shown that as little as 1 month of breast-feeding is all that is needed.

Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, who lead the study states, “Our study provides another good reason to encourage women to breast-feed their infants, at least for the infant’s first month of life. Clinicians need to consider women’s pregnancy and lactation history when advising women about their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.”

There are three types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes is when your body doesn’t produce any insulin, and is considered an autoimmune disease. Type 1 is controlled with daily medications to replace the insulin the body is missing. This type is usually found in patients early on in life.

Type 2 diabetes is when your body just doesn’t produce enough insulin, and can be controlled with diet and exercise in mild cases. More extreme cases require insulin in pill or injection form. Type 2 usually strikes later in life.

Gestational Diabetes is developed when a women is pregnant and requires medication. This condition usually corrects itself when the pregnancy is over.

Currently there are over 20 million people in the U.S. that have developed type 2 diabetes later in life.

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