Breastfeeding lowers heart disease and stroke risk for women after pregnancy
Earlier short-term studies on breastfeeding after pregnancy shows following benefits to mother
But there are no long-term studies that show breastfeeding impact on women after pregnancy. A long-term study by the researchers from the Chinese Academy for Medical Sciences, Beijing, China and the Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom shows risk reduction to stroke and risk reduction to the development of heart diseases later in the life with breastfeeding in addition to benefits to born babies. Researchers had conducted a eight-year-long study with nearly 289,573 middle-aged women with an average age of 51 years. The study results show
Researchers say breastfeeding benefits women after pregnancy as the fat clearing system and body metabolism were restored. Breastfeeding eliminates stored fat quickly and completely in women after the birth of the baby. The guidelines of the World Health Organization suggests breastfeeding up to two years or longer. Senior author of the study was Professor Zhengming Chen, D.Phil., from the University of Oxford. The study findings were published June 21, 2017, in the American Heart Association. Title of the article was "Breastfeeding may reduce a mother's heart attack and stroke risk".
Continuous mental stress such as depression and anxiety increase death risk in heart disease patients
A study by the researchers suggest mind relaxation to reduce the risk of death to heart disease individuals who experience continuous mental distress such as depression and anxiety, ranging from moderate to severe intensity. Researchers had conducted studies among 950 individuals with stable coronary heart disease, aged between 31 and 74 years. All the participants had either a heart attack or hospitalized with severe chest pain during the past three years. Their study shows risk with continuous mental distress as follows
Researchers collected validated general health questionnaire (GHQ30) during the study duration. They graded the patient's mental distress according to its severity and length of time. They tracked health and survival of patients for 12 years. During the study duration, deaths recorded were
Researchers say stress hormone levels increase with mental distress activities. Continuous mental distress activities result in harmful physiological changes. They also say that their study shows the relationship between psychological distress (such as depression and anxiety) and cardiovascular disease. Lead author of the study was Dr. Ralph Stewart, a cardiologist, from the University of Auckland. The study findings were published in the journal Heart. Title of the article was "Persistent psychological distress and mortality in patients with stable coronary artery disease".
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