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18 March 2008

Breast-Feeding Curbs Type 2 Diabetes

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

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