A new study has revealed that long-term breastfeeding will reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes at a later point in life in the case of women who are affected by gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes possesses risks for both mother and child. In most cases, it will cause few symptoms but it can boost the risk of developing pre-eclampsia, depression or the need to perform a C-section. In the case of babies born to mothers affected by the condition, it is likely that they will tend to be too large, feature low blood sugar levels and jaundice. It can also lead to stillbirth in select cases.
The condition can be prevented by the maintenance of a healthy weight and a balanced lifestyle. It is also possible to treat the condition with the help of a diabetic diet, a suitable exercise routine, and the use of insulin injections if needed.
Gestational diabetes and breastfeeding
According to official statistics, up to 9% of pregnancies can be affected, but the ratio differs from one population to another. It can appear quite often during the last trimester of pregnancy and tends to be more common as the age of the mother is higher.
Previous research has shown that children of mothers who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy are more prone to developing a type of diabetes, according to a paper published by a team of Canadian researchers. The early detection of diabetes in children and youth is quite important as more than 25%tend to be diagnosed while seeking treatment for diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be a deadly complication in some cases.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the most dangerous medical conditions since it can favor the appearance of a large number of diseases. According to the study, women who breastfeed for six months to one year featured a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 9%. The risk was lower by 15% in the case of women who breastfeed for up to two years.