Breast-feeding reduces the risk of diabetes in children
A common yet highly dangerous disease that can lead to several other disorders, Diabetes is a condition wherein the body is unable to produce insulin or utilise it properly. At times, even children are diagnosed with this disorder. Called juvenile diabetes, this is a condition that needs to be handled with utmost care and managed medically to ensure a normal, healthy life for the child.
Juvenile diabetes: symptoms
The signs and symptoms of juvenile diabetes in children are usually pronounced, and progress very quickly. The symptoms include
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
The good news is that recent studies prove the occurrence of juvenile diabetes can be prevented to an extent, if infants are breastfed at least for six months.
Breast milk, which is the best source of nutrition a child can get, is also a great immunity booster that significantly decreases risk of respiratory infections, stomach infections, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies and diabetes.
If a woman experiences gestational diabetes or high glucose levels during her pregnancy, the chances of the child being prone to childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes are very high. However, experts say that this risk can be neutralised if the baby is breastfed for at least six months, as breast milk regulates their growth in a healthy and organic way.
Research indicates that breastfed babies follow a different growth pattern compared to babies who are given formula milk. Breast milk lowers levels of the growth hormone IGF-1 and insulin in the blood, which will in turn slow the rate of growth of the child, even after he/she starts to eat solid food. The slow weight gain will encourage a better eating pattern, helping the baby grow healthier.
Such great health benefits are the reason why doctors insist babies should be only be given breast milk till they are six months old.