"We have seen a dramatic increase in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes during the last century, one of them because many mothers do not breastfeed their children," said Dr. Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, assistant professor of medicine gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, as reported from Health24, Wednesday (09/01/2010).
According to Dr. Schwarz, a lot of people who already know that diet and exercise can prevent from the risk of type 2 diabetes.However, only few people are aware that breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes disease. This is because breastfeeding can reduce the fat in the abdomen after childbirth, which can increase the risk of diabetes.
To investigate this issue, Dr. Schwarz and colleagues conducted a study on 2233 women aged between 40 to 78 years. The result, 27 percent of lactating mothers who did not develop type 2 diabetes, which is nearly two times more likely than mothers who breastfeed their children or women who had never given birth.
"Our study provides another good reason to encourage mothers breastfeed their babies. Doctors should consider the history of pregnancy and lactation when advising women about the risk of type 2 diabetes," adds Dr. Schwarz.