Long-Term Benefits of Breastfeeding

Reducing your risk of diabetes: that’s one more benefit to breastfeeding, as reported in a 30-year study in JAMA Internal Medicine Rick and I discussed in this week’s inaugural episode of PodMed TT.

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Beautiful mother feeding breast her baby in bed at home

Now under the aegis of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, PodMed TT is a weekly podcast discussion of the latest medical news. One of this week’s topics was the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding.

Here’s more about the breastfeeding study:

This observational study known by the acronym CARDIA—for coronary artery risk development in young adults—followed over 1,200 black and white women for 30 years. Participants were ages 18 to 30 years old at baseline and did not have diabetes. Over the three decades, researchers gathered information on live births, lactation duration and development of diabetes. This data showed duration-dependent reduction in the risk of developing diabetes among those who breastfed, with the greatest reduction among those who continued the practice longer.

Great news! Not only does breastfeeding result in improved mother/baby bonding, immune benefits, weight reduction and cost effectiveness, but it reduces diabetes risk as well.

Other research discussed this week included:

JAMA’s entire issue on obesity management

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine finding a modest benefit for women with ovarian cancer

Nontraditional risk factors for heart disease published by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Until next week, y’all listen up and make healthy choices!

 

Elizabeth Tracey, M.S.

Director of Audio Production

Johns Hopkins Medicine