Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Breast milk 'helps fight early death'

Babies denied their mothers' milk are more likely to suffer from chronic inflammation as adults, increasing their chances of disease, disability and early death, a study has found.

Body-wide inflammation is also associated with low birth weight, the same research showed.

Chronic inflammation, caused by a hyperactive immune system, has been linked to heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, late-life disability and a greater risk of dying.

The research found that adult levels of C-reactive protein, an inflammation blood marker, rose with shorter durations of breastfeeding in infancy. Almost 7,000 US men and women aged 24 to 32 took part in the study.

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