Being breastfed 'reduces heart disease risk in adulthood'

Being breastfed can lower blood cholesterol in later life, according to research from St George's, University of London.

The study discovered that exposure to breast milk in the first months of life may reduce blood cholesterol levels and the risk of developing heart disease in adult life.

The findings are based on a review of data from over 17,000 participants (4,608 were formula-fed and 12,890 were breast-fed) showing adults who had been breastfed had a lower mean total blood cholesterol than those who had been fed formula.

It is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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