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Breastfeeding may protect against heart disease: study

Published on Apr 23, 2014 7:25 AM

PARIS (AFP) - People who had low birth weights and those breastfed for short periods may be more likely to develop chronic inflammation linked to heart disease in adults, a study said on Wednesday.

Researchers in the United States found a "significant" association in almost 7,000 people between birth weight or duration of breastfeeding and higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation, in blood samples of young adults.

The protein is produced by the liver and levels increase when a person suffers from inflammation.

"Each pound of additional birth weight predicted a CRP concentration that was five per cent lower," said a statement from Northwestern University, whose experts took part in the study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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