Breastfeeding appears to have a long-term positive effect on women: Recent research suggests that breastfeeding could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in older women. And the longer a woman breastfed, the lower the risk.
As part of the study, the researchers examined the health of the heart and blood vessels in postmenopausal women as well as breastfeeding.
After adjusting for other factors that may affect heart health, such as body weight, age, cholesterol, and smoking, the researchers concluded that breastfeeding women had a much lower risk of heart disease and fewer risk factors for cardiovascular disease. compared to women who did not breastfeed.
According to the study presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Endocrinology (18-21 May 2019) in Lyon, France, this effect was more marked among women who breastfed for a period extended. ,
"These results suggest that breastfeeding reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in women, but it is only an association study and we are now interested in identifying the causes under -Jeffects of this protective effect, "said study author Irene Lambrinoudaki. Professor at the University of Athens in Greece.
"If we can prove the causality of the protective effect, we give women another reason to breastfeed their babies beyond the already documented benefits of breastfeeding for short and long-term health term for them and their children, "added Lambrinoudaki. Discussion of the added publication.
Previous studies have shown that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of postpartum depression and some cancers in women and help mothers maintain a balanced healthy weight and blood sugar level.
According to the researchers, these health benefits are probably related to higher levels of prolactin in breastfeeding mothers.
Recent studies suggest that prolactin reduces the risk of diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, one of the leading causes of death among women worldwide. Researchers are currently studying the molecular mechanisms of the influence of prolactin on blood sugar levels. This work could open new avenues for preventing cardiovascular disease for all, not just for breastfeeding women.
Source: US News, European Society of Endocrinology