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Hypertension

02 November 2011

Breastfeeding tied to lower blood pressure risk

Mothers who breastfeed for at least six months may have a somewhat lower risk of developing high blood pressure later on, new research suggests.

Mothers who breast feed for at least six months may have a somewhat lower risk of developing high blood pressure later on, new research suggests.

Similarly, women who'd either never breasted or done so for three months or less were almost one-quarter more likely to develop high blood pressure than women who'd breasted for at least a year.

 

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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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