Breastfeeding protects against future diabetes in women with GDM

Women who have gestational diabetes (GDM) in pregnancy are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.  Lifestyle changes and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk but research has also found that breastfeeding may protect against diabetes.  A recent German study of more than 300 women who were followed for at least 19 years after delivery has found that breastfeeding can have significant benefits when it comes to preventing diabetes.  In fact, excluding the women who had islet autoantibodies (suggesting they have type 1 diabetes) developed diabetes after an average of 12.3 years if they breastfed compared to only 2.3 years if they didn’t. The lowest risk was seen in women who breastfed for at least 3 years. Read the full study here.

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