Breast-fed babies are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes when they reach adolescence, according to recent findings.
The researchers used a subset of data from a larger study. Their analysis included 80 subjects with type 2 diabetes who were matched to more than twice as many control subjects who were free of the disease.
The breast-feeding rate was lower in subjects with type 2 diabetes. The protective effect was in large part attributable to the ability of breast-feeding to moderate childhood weight.
* Reuters March 13, 2008