Monday, May 03, 2004

Protein in human milk reduces risk of obesity
Protein in human milk reduces risk of obesity
By: News-Medical
Published: Monday, 3-May-2004
Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have conducted the first study to detect the presence of a protein in human milk that may explain the association between breastfeeding and reduced risk of obesity later in life. The protein is adiponectin, which is secreted by fat cells and affects how the body processes sugars and lipids -- fatty substances in the blood. It's been suggested that adiponectin is involved in the metabolic syndrome, which includes insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease and occurs in 20-25 percent of adults. Higher levels of adiponectin have been associated with less disease. If adiponectin is present in human milk, the Cincinnati Children's researchers theorized, the protein could have an influence over the metabolic 'programming' of infants. That is, it could affect adiposity, or 'fatness,' later in life...."

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