Navigation Links
Low birth weight, less breastfeeding create later health risks
Date:4/14/2014

Lower weight babies and babies who aren't breastfed or not breastfed for long are at greater risk of developing chronic inflammation and related health problems later in life, according to a new study.

"There were good reasons to hypothesize that breastfeeding was important to influencing levels of inflammation in adulthood," says Thomas McDade (Northwestern University), a CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) Fellow in the Child & Brain Development program. "It changes the microbiome. It promotes development of the immune system. Children who are breastfed get fewer infectious diseases and are less likely to become overweight."

Connections have been made previously with both low birth weight and less breastfeeding and later poor health outcomes. The new study suggests one mechanism for the poor outcomes. It shows that both factors lead to elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), which is an indicator of inflammation.

Although inflammation can be a good thing when it's in reaction to an infection, for instance, chronic inflammation is associated with risks such as heart attack, diabetes and other problems, McDade says.

McDade and his colleagues looked at a study that contained health information on 10,500 U.S. adults, including their CRP levels, their birth weight, and whether and for how long they had been breastfed as babies. The study was especially useful because it included information for many siblings.

Trying to figure out the role of birth weight and breastfeeding in long run health outcomes is complicated because children born to parents with less income and less education are also more likely to have low birth weight and less breastfeeding. That means it's never clear if other factors are also in play.

But because of the number of siblings in the study, the researchers were able to show that even within the same family, birth weight and breastfeeding matter to inflammation in adulthood.


'/>"/>

Contact: Lindsay Jolivet
lindsay.jolivet@cifar.ca
416-971-4876
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Antidepressants during pregnancy linked to preterm birth
2. Some racial disparities in childbirth more environmental than genetic
3. New research seeks to prevent preterm birth with March of Dimes support
4. Pre-term birth and asthma
5. Pregnancy study leads to fewer high birth weight babies
6. Fewer than half of women attend recommended doctors visits after childbirth
7. UCSF team wins $2.7 million grant for innovative project to reduce premature births
8. Women’s Excellence Now Scheduling Annual Gynecological, Preconception and Prenatal Visits in Birmingham, Michigan; Regular Healthcare Visits Can Decrease Birth Defects
9. Jesus Was Not Born On December 25th - Controversial New Novel Tells Compelling Story About His Birth, Life and Death
10. Zoloft/SSRI Birth Defects Allegation Lawyer: Resource4thePeople Announces Complimentary Consultations Will Be Available over the Holidays
11. “Different Birth Control Methods,” A New Article On Vkool.Com, Instructs People How to Control Birth Effectively - V-kool
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 03, 2016 , ... In April, Amerec launched a new website designed with ... the best steam and sauna solutions. , First, the Amerec website has been redesigned ... all of the site’s features, especially the Steam Builder Tool , to both ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 2016 , ... California health startup Pegara announced today the ... assess their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Using a questionnaire based on years ... Score™” that summarizes how their lifestyle choices may affect their chances of developing ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Horizon Blue Cross Blue ... as one of the nation’s most accomplished business technology innovators by InformationWeek, earning ... recognition for technology achievements that have enabled the delivery of the company’s innovative ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Excessive panting in the car or cowering ... "Pet owners often think anxiety only manifests itself as trembling or ‘tail between the ... there’s things that be done about it,” says Dr. Jim Lowe, technical services veterinarian ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Nationally recognized personal injury law firm Monge & Associates ... roses to anyone who wants one for their Mother or any other mother figure. , ... contributions of Mothers.” Monge goes on to say, “we are choosing to do this ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016 ... Research Report provides a basic overview of the ... post which the surgical mesh report explores into ... Complete report on Surgical Mesh market ... and 98 tables and figures is available at ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , May 2, 2016  Deerfield announced today ... of Graybug Vision, Inc. Graybug Vision is an ... that may transform care for ocular diseases including ... Vision,s technology was first developed at Johns Hopkins ... startup venture. Graybug Vision is ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016  In the next ... to shift from systems dependent on CRTs monitors to ... of modality CRT Medical monitors and will automatically ... a host of foreseeable benefits to this technological ... existing modalities have to be replaced in order ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: