A long 30-year study shows that women who breastfeed for 6 months or more would be 47% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
As we know, the benefits of breastfeeding are numerous. But a 30-year Kaiser study found that breastfeeding women 6 months and older had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes as they age, a condition caused by excess blood sugar that particularly affects obese people or overweight. Specifically, women who breastfed each child for six months or more had a 47% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to women who did not breastfeed at all. Women who have breastfed for six months or less have 25% less risk.
To reach this conclusion, researchers analyzed data from the 30-year follow-up of the CARDIA study on the development of coronary risk in young adults, which involved 1238 black and white women aged 18 to 30 years, who did not have diabetes when they enrolled. Over the next 30 years, each of them gave birth to at least one child and was systematically screened for diabetes. Their lifestyle (diet, physical activity ...) was also analyzed, as well as the family history, perinatal issues and duration of breastfeeding of their children.
Different factors taken into account
"Diabetes incidence decreased gradually as duration of breastfeeding increased, regardless of skin color, gestational diabetes, lifestyle, body size, and other metabolic risk factors measured prior to breastfeeding. pregnancy, "says Erica P. Gunderson, Senior Researcher at Kaiser Permanente. These new findings add to a growing body of evidence that breastfeeding has protective effects for mothers and their babies, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer for women.