Another Benefit of Breastfeeding - Lowers the Risk of Liver Disease

By First Posted: Dec 15, 2018 Sat 3:41 AM
Another Benefit of Breastfeeding - Lowers the Risk of Liver Disease
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Breastfeeding has stretched and tied to health benefits for women, including lower risks for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. According to study discoveries, women in the troop who breastfed one or more children for longer than six months had a lower risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease compared to those who did not breastfeed or breastfed for under one month.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a spectrum of liver disease characterized by building up of large-droplet fat in hepatocytes with possible development to irritation and fibrosis. Breastfeeding has benefits for child health, both during infancy and later in life, reducing the risk of manifestations of the metabolic syndrome. Here we investigated the association between early type of feeding (breastfed versus formula-fed and duration of breastfeeding) and later NAFLD development.

Researchers followed 844 women for 25 years after they gave birth. Overall, 32 percent reported nursing for up to a month, 25 percent said they breastfed for one to six months and 43 percent reported nursing for longer. By the end of the study, the women were 49 years old on average. Fifty-four, or about 6 percent, had developed NAFLD. Women who breastfed babies for at least six months were 52 percent less likely to develop liver disease than mothers who nursed for less than one month, researchers report in the Journal of Hepatology.

Well, it is now proved that breast feeding is substantiate to lower the risk of liver diseases.


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