Longer Breastfeeding Duration Linked to Reduced CVD Risk in Women with Type 2 Diabetes or GDM

21 Feb 2024 • A compelling inverse association between breastfeeding duration and CVD risk in women with type 2 diabetes or a history of GDM has come to light.

  • Longer lifetime breastfeeding durations were significantly linked to a 32% reduction in CVD risk in type 2 diabetes (>18 months vs. 0 months), with a pooled adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) of 0.68.
  • Similarly, in women with a history of GDM, breastfeeding for over 18 months was associated with a substantial 51% reduction in CVD risk, reflected in a pooled aHR of 0.49.
  • This protective effect extended to coronary heart disease in both cohorts, highlighting the potential cardiovascular benefits of extended breastfeeding in high-risk populations.

Source: Diabetes Care | Read full story

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