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If you thinking about becoming pregnant, you might want to balance out your baked potato with a side of lentils. A study published in the British Medical Journal reports women in the study who ate the most potatoes had a higher risk of gestational diabetes, but if those women ate more legumes or whole grains in conjunction with the potatoes, the risk appeared to be offset. The study, led by Cuilin Zhang and performed with colleagues from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Harvard University, took place over the course of 10 years and involved 15,000 women who were part of the Nurse's Health Study. Taking into account factors like age and parity, the study found women who ate more potatoes before pregnancy had higher chances of developing gestational diabetes. Though Today reports, "women who ate more potatoes tended to weigh more at the start of the study and to smoke," which may have affected the results somewhat.
The study found that after adjusting for age and other dietary and non-dietary factors, total potato consumption still had an effect on the relative risk of gestational diabetes, including nearly double the risk for women who ate at least five servings of potatoes per week.
Mashable reached out the the lead investigator of the study but received no comments at the time of publication. People with an individual or family history of type 2 diabetes, who are overweight, over 25 and of a certain races are at increased risk for gestational diabetes. The women filled out journals recording their diets; during the study 854 women developed gestational diabetes.
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Many vegetables and legumes have low glycemic indexes and the study says eating these vegetables in place of potatoes could reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. NBC reports about half of women who develop gestational diabetes go on to develop Type 2 diabetes in the months to years after giving birth.
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