Breastfeeding reduces risk for obesity

This is our very first blog-entry and we thought: “Why make it an easy start?” So we are not going to do that, take it easy that is. We are going to jump right into the deep end with a subject as interesting, and for some controversial, as breastfeeding.

Not because we have a clear position on breastfeeding, but because some of our researchers have found that the longer you breastfeed your child the lower the level of IGF-I and insulin will be in your child’s blood. This in turns means that the risk for obesity is reduced in your child if you breastfeed.

The research is made by one of our ph.d.-students, Anja Lykke Madsen, who have been a part of the research project, SKOT (in Danish: Småbørns Trivsel og Kost – roughly translated to “The Nutritition and Wellbeing of Small Children”).

Anja Lykke Madsen says that the research showed that the longer the children were breastfed the lower were the risk for obesity at the age of 18 months.

The researchers point to the fact that some of the research from this study can help us understand the mechanisms behind early development of obesity. That is why we look forward to more news from the researchers in the future – and we will make sure to keep you updated when we have news.

/Camilla and Signe

By foodoflife • December 16, 2011
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  1. Posted January 25, 2012 at 4:33 am by Jeppydayorelo | Permalink

    Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

  2. Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:55 am by Darren Foster | Permalink

    An attention-grabbing dialogue is worth comment. I think that you must write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject however typically persons are not sufficient to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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