Breastfeeding May Prevent Heart Disease

Breastfeeding May Prevent Heart Disease

It may reduce inflammation linked to health problems.

Breastfeeding may affect a baby's health for many years. Scientists say young adults who were breastfed for three months or more as babies, have a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation linked to heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that babies who weren't breastfed had higher levels of a biomarker associated with the risk of heart and metabolic diseases.

Scientists say breastfeeding may have as much of an effect on a patient's risk of heart problems as drugs to lower cholesterol.

The researchers used data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, including parent surveys, and blood samples.

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