Healthy diet reduces diabetes risk in women with previous GDM

A new study has found that women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) who more closely followed one of three healthy dietary patterns were significantly less likely to go on and develop type 2 diabetes.  The study of more than 4000 women taking part in the Nurses’ Health Study found that women whose eating patterns most closely resembled a Mediterranean-style diet, a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet or an alternate Healthy Eating Index (aHEI) dietary pattern were 40-57% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes over 14 years of follow-up.  These three dietary patterns have a lot in common, being high in fruits, vegetables and wholegrains  and low in red and processed meats, suggesting that this type of eating pattern is most likely to prevent diabetes in those at risk.  Read more about the study here.

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