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Potatoes – Posing Risk of Diabetes During Pregnancy

Potatoes have always been considered irresistible among young people and even some adults, be it in any form and surely an addiction or even a mere love for it cannot be considered as a something impractical. It eventually happens when you just wish to taste two or three French Fries and end up eating the whole bunch. A little of bit oil, a little bit of salt and little bit of cooking just makes the potatoes perfect to be paired with any meal of the day. However, studies have revealed that an increased consumption of potatoes before pregnancy can increase the risk of diabetes in both mother and child during pregnancy.

As per a study published in The British Medical Journal, it was concluded that:

"Higher consumption of potatoes before pregnancy is associated with greater risk of developing diabetes while pregnant (known as gestational diabetes mellitus or GDM)."

Though high in carbohydrates, potatoes also possess a high content of starch that pampers the sugar levels in one’s body. The gestational diabetes is considered to be a common pregnancy complication that promotes long-term health risks for both mothers and babies. However, the study could not provide any clear association between potato consumption and risk of gestational diabetes, but, one explanation given by the authors based on the findings was that potatoes have a high glycaemic index in comparison to other vegetables, thus can trigger a sharp increase in blood sugar levels. Acknowledging study limitation, the authors also mentioned that no final conclusions could be drawn regarding the cause and effect because of the observational nature of their study. In the end, the researchers balanced the entire study by saying:

"Higher levels of potato consumption before pregnancy are associated with greater risk of GDM, and substitution of potatoes with other vegetables, legumes, or whole grain foods might lower the risk."


Information source: The BMJ Press Release on 13 January 2016

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