Most Read Articles
03 Apr 2019
The sodium‐glucose‐cotransporter‐2 inhibitor empagliflozin yields beneficial effects on weight anthropometric parameters and body composition—including weight, body mass index, waist and hip circumference, and total body fat—that are greater than those achieved with metformin in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a study has shown.
Stephen Padilla, 03 Apr 2019
The risk of miscarriage is lowest at age 27 years but increases with older age and by up to four times after three consecutive previous miscarriages, according to a Norway study. This risk is also associated with earlier pregnancy complications, including stillbirth, preterm delivery and gestational diabetes.
Pearl Toh, 08 May 2019
Continuous chemotherapy confers better survival and quality of life than intermittent scheduling in patients with advanced breast cancer, according to the Stop&Go study presented at EBCC 2019.

Breastfeeding for more than 6 months linked to a smaller waist

22 Dec 2018

Breastfeeding for more than 6 months after birth appears to be independently associated with a long-term decrease in waist circumference (WC), reports a recent study.

Of the 676 eligible mothers, 311 (mean age at delivery, 27.2±0.37 years) had WC <88 cm; the remaining 365 (mean age 26.6±0.35 years) had WC ≥88 cm. Prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) was significantly greater in the latter group (31.4±0.49 vs 22.5±0.25 kg/m2; p<0.0001), as was the frequency of gestational diabetes (9.3 percent vs 3.8 percent; p=0.026).

At follow-up, women who breastfed for >6 months showed lower BMI (p<0.0001), smaller waist (85.6±1.2 vs 93.6±0.9 cm; p<0.0001) and hip (107.8±1.3 vs 115.2±1.0 cm; p<0.0001) circumferences, and lower systolic (113.0±1.2 vs 115.4±0.7 mm Hg; p=0.076) and diastolic (73.5±1.0 vs 76.4±0.6 mm Hg; p=0.011) blood pressures relative to women who breastfed 6 months.

In multivariable linear regression analysis, breastfeeding was significantly associated with a smaller WC, such that each additional month correlated with a 0.20-cm (95 percent CI, –0.5 to 0.0; p=0.032) drop in WC. This was attenuated after additional adjustment for diet quality, physical activity and smoking (β, –0.20; –0.4 to 0.0; p=0.053).

Nevertheless, when taken as a dichotomous variable, mothers who breastfed for >6 months had significantly smaller WCs compared with those who breastfed for 6 months (β, –3.5; –5.7 to –1.2; p=0.003).

Future studies are needed to determine the relationship between central adiposity and cumulative lifetime duration off breastfeeding, said researchers. Nevertheless, the findings suggest that breastfeeding may be an important factor to consider when evaluating long-term maternal cardiovascular and metabolic health.

Digital Edition
Asia's trusted medical magazine for healthcare professionals. Get your MIMS JPOG - Malaysia digital copy today!
Sign In To Download
Editor's Recommendations
Most Read Articles
03 Apr 2019
The sodium‐glucose‐cotransporter‐2 inhibitor empagliflozin yields beneficial effects on weight anthropometric parameters and body composition—including weight, body mass index, waist and hip circumference, and total body fat—that are greater than those achieved with metformin in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a study has shown.
Stephen Padilla, 03 Apr 2019
The risk of miscarriage is lowest at age 27 years but increases with older age and by up to four times after three consecutive previous miscarriages, according to a Norway study. This risk is also associated with earlier pregnancy complications, including stillbirth, preterm delivery and gestational diabetes.
Pearl Toh, 08 May 2019
Continuous chemotherapy confers better survival and quality of life than intermittent scheduling in patients with advanced breast cancer, according to the Stop&Go study presented at EBCC 2019.