Breastfeeding Lowers Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease, the number one killer in America, is actually a group of diseases, the most common one being coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the vessels leading to the heart, which may eventually cause strokes or heart attacks. Many of the medications on today’s market are aimed towards preventing heart diseases. However, a new study has been released stating women’s’ extra prevention method…breastfeeding.
Breast milk helps fight disease
According to the findings of the University of Pittsburgh study, women who have breast fed for more than 12 months during their lifetime were ten percent less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases. The study looked at 140,000 post-menopausal women, with the women’s average age being 63.
Researchers hypothesize that this reduction of risk is because of breastfeeding many benefits, some of which include extra calorie burning (200-500 calories per day!), a better ratio of bad- to good cholesterol, and due to their healthier weight, breastfeeding moms have a significantly lower chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Moms who choose to breastfeed also had lower levels of cardiovascular disease risk factors, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Breastfeeding also has an effect on the health of the newborns, with breastfed babies being 55 percent more likely to have high levels of good cholesterol, and having an average BMI .9kg less than babies who were formula fed.
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