Breast milk may prevent heart disease in premature babies


Bhubaneswar: Early use of breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants, says a study.

One study cited in the article looked at 30 preterm-born adults who were assigned to receive exclusive human milk and 16 preterm-born adults who were assigned to receive an exclusive formula-based diet during their hospital stay at birth.

The researchers then identified potential reasons for why breast milk results in a lower risk of heart disease.

The researchers have opined that breast milk could help prevent heart disease by better-regulating hormones and growth factors, strengthening the infant’s immune system, reducing inflammation and by possibly improving the metabolism of the child.

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