Breastfeeding lowers risk of cardiovascular, metabolic diseases in kids

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Washington: A new study has found that young adults who were breastfed

for three months or more as babies have a significantly lower risk of

chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic

diseases. The research from the Brown School at Washington University

in St. Louis, shows that birth weight and breastfeeding both have

implications for children's health decades later. The researchers used

data from the US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health,

including parent surveys, and blood samples providing measurements of

CRP. These findings held up in a series of sibling models, in which

one sibling was breastfed and the other was not. Such models provide

improved confidence in the results by implicitly controlling for

genetic factors for elevated CRP. "These findings underscore the

importance of a preventive approach but not limited to prenatal health

care and postnatal breastfeeding support," said Molly W Metzger,

co-author of the study with Thomas W McDade, PhD, of Northwestern

University. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the

Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. (With Agencies Input)


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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