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Research has discovered that breastfeeding babies prevents later increased blood pressure and the longer they are breastfed, the lower the blood pressure. A study designed to assess the impact of breastfeeding on coronary artery disease through elements of the metabolic syndrome found that children who were solely breastfed, had lower systolic blood pressure. The metabolic syndrome encompasses coronary artery disease risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, reflux, insulin insensitivity, dyslipidemia (deranged blood fats), and sleep apnea. Systolic blood pressure is the first number of a blood pressure reading that correlates to the ejection force of the blood being pumped from the heart, i.e. the maximum strain on the heart and blood vessels. The researchers are comparing the finding of the blood pressure lowering powers of breastfeeding to be similar to adult attempts to lower blood pressure through salt restriction and exercise.
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About: Breastfeeding lowers blood pressure
Date: 30 May 2005
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