Tuesday, 21 Apr, 2009 Health & Fitness

Breast Feeding Lowers The Chances Of Developing Heart Diseases In Women

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) have found that the longer a woman feeds her baby with breast milk, the smaller is her possibility of developing heart diseases. The results of the study will be published in the next magazine of the Obstetrics & Gynecology series.

Scientists have questioned almost 140,000 women who were already in menopause. In average, they had finished suckling their babies some 35 years ago.

Women who never fed their babies with their own milk had a 10 percent higher possibility of developing heart diseases, including heart attacks, in comparison with the ones who had done this for more than a year. Even a month of breast feeding lowers the chances of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol level, which are, in their turn, the cause of heart diseases.

According to Dr. Eleanor Schwarz, cardiovascular diseases are the cause of death of the majority of women, that's why it is important to know which prophylactic measures women should take. Dr. Schwarz had added that earlier it was already known about the influence of the suckling period's length on the baby, but now it is clear that increasing this period is also useful for the baby's mother.

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