Breastfeeding has been proven to be highly beneficial to the health of child, but as it turns out, it could give mom a health boost too. A new study by the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen research center for environmental health has found that a metabolic shift that occurs during breastfeeding could lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in new mothers with gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a common complication that impacts pregnant women, developing around the 24th week of pregnancy and then going away following birth and lowered blood sugar levels. However, one in two mothers affected by gestational diabetes develops Type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years, according to Science Daily.
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The Helmholtz researchers, along with their partners at the German Center for Diabetes Research and the Technical University of Munich, examined the breastfeeding practices of almost 200 patients who had developed gestational diabetes during their pregnancy to analyze how that complication impacted their risk of Type 2 diabetes down the line.