Type 2 Diabetes Risk is Lowered in Breast-Feeding Women
A recent study has proved that type 2 diabetes risk is lowered in breast-feeding women. The study shows that mothers who do not breast-feed their kids are at a higher risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes in the future than those mothers who breast-feed their kids. This is the latest news which was given on August 27, Friday (Health Day News). Read on to know how type 2 diabetes risk is lowered in breast-feeding women.
How type 2 diabetes occurs?
Type 2 diabetes is an illness that is often linked with obesity. It occurs in an individual when the cells of the body gradually lose their sensitivity to insulin. Food is broken down into sugars, carbohydrates and other supplements in the stomach. Sugars are released into the blood stream and transferred into the cells of tissues and organs with the help of insulin. When the body loses the sensitivity to insulin, less amount of sugar is moved into the cells and increased level of sugar is left in the blood stream, resulting in Type 2 diabetes.
About the Study
Researches working in the University of Pittsburgh studied 2,200 women aged around 40 to 78. It was found that about 27% of mothers who did not breast-feed developed type 2 diabetes. This rate was almost double when compared to those mothers who breast-fed or women who never gave birth. The research was done based on certain factors which included age, body mass index (BMI), physical activity and race.
Findings of the Study
“Exercise and diet are widely known to show an impact on type 2 diabetes risk, but only few individuals realize the fact that breast-feeding also helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes later in future by decreasing the maternal belly fat,” said Dr. Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, in a recent news release from the university.
Schwarz also said that “the study gives another good reason for mothers on why to breast-feed and also encourages breast-feeding, at least for the first few months of their baby’s life”. Clinicians also need to advise women about the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by taking into consideration facts such as her pregnancy and history of lactation.