Breast-fed babies less likely to develop heart disease

The list of health benefits to children who were breast-fed as babies is growing, with new research showing they are more likely as adults to have higher levels of "good" cholesterol.

Numerous studies have shown babies whose mothers breast-fed them enjoy health advantages over formula-fed babies.

These include fewer ear, stomach or intestinal infections, digestive problems, skin diseases and allergies, and less likelihood of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Now, a study presented at an American Heart Association meeting found that breast-fed babies are better off in two important heart disease risk factors as adults than bottle-fed babies -- levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and body mass index.

The study looked at 962 people, average age 41, taking part in the long-running Framingham Heart Study centered on Framingham, Massachusetts.

About a quarter of the children were breast-fed for at least a month as babies.

Those who were breast-fed were 55 percent more likely to have high average levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol in adulthood than low levels.

Those who were breast-fed on average had a lower body mass index, or BMI, as adults -- 26.1 compared to 26.9 for the bottle-fed counterparts.


Source - Daily Mail

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