Another win for breastfeeding moms: Nursing prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes by almost 50 percent. A new study from Kaiser Permanente is the first to actually track breastfeeding mothers and their diabetes risk for decades, rather than rely on self-reporting years later.
“Unlike previous studies of breastfeeding, which relied on self-reporting of diabetes onset and began to follow older women later in life, we were able to follow women specifically during the childbearing period and screen them regularly for diabetes before and after pregnancies,” says lead study author Erica P. Gunderson, PhD, MS, MPH. Gunderson and her team analyzed…
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