Women who don't breast feed risk type 2 diabetes

Women who breast feed their children for less than one month may be putting themselves at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from University of Pittsburgh researchers.

According to the findings, women who do not breast feed their children for an adequate time are 27 percent more likely to develop the condition later in life, according to Endocrine Today.

Researchers said that breast feeding eliminates much of the belly fat that women accumulate during pregnancy. Abdominal fat has been associated with a range of health complications, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.

"Few people realize that breast feeding also reduces mothers’ risk of developing the disease later on in life by decreasing maternal belly fat," Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, who led the study, told the news source. "Clinicians need to consider women's pregnancy and lactation history when advising women about their risk for developing type 2 diabetes."

Prior studies published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association have shown breast feeding can burn 600 calories per day, which may significantly lower women's risk for type 2 diabetes.
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