Mother’s milk is good and not just for the baby! There is more evidence that breastfeeding can cut the chances of type 2 diabetes for at-risk mothers who went through a temporary type of diabetes during pregnancy.
In 10 seconds? Gestational diabetes is a temporary disease that disappears after pregnancy but mums who experience it have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. However, this risk can be lowered by breastfeeding, a new study confirmed. (Read the science)
Children of mums with a history of gestational diabetes also have a higher risk of diabetes
Keeping tabs on gestational diabetes can help spot at-risk children too.
Researchers have found that a child or teenager was almost twice as likely to develop diabetes before turning 22 than those kids whose mums did not have gestational diabetes.
Specialists advise women with the illness to include protein in every meal, eat fruit and vegetables and avoid overeating. It is important to avoid processed and fried foods, alcohol and overtly starchy or sugary foods.
Having a balanced diet helps avoid the overconsumption of carbs that can increase their blood sugar levels.
Endre Szvetnik is Senior Editor at Sparrho. Endre works with Sparrho Heroes to curate, translate and disseminate scientific research to the wider public.