Letters Pre-pregnancy potato consumption and gestational diabetes

Advice is needed on the benefits of sweet potato in diabetes

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1187 (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1187
  1. Adamu Suleiman Gachi, pharmacist
  1. Primary Health Care Development Agency, Katsina, Nigeria
  1. gachipharm{at}gmail.com

Bao and colleagues’ study is very interesting,1 but it does not state clearly whether sweet potatoes can also predispose women to gestational diabetes mellitus; this needs to be clarified.

Adiponectin has been shown to reduce resistance to insulin in various studies and is found in high concentrations in sweet potatoes. Does this research refute that? Advice is needed on the benefits of sweet potatoes in people with diabetes.


  • Competing interests: None declared.


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