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Cholesterol lowering diet for pregnant women may help prevent preterm birth

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-e

Research question What are the effects of a cholesterol lowering diet on healthy pregnant women and their babies?

Answer A diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol improves serum lipid profiles in pregnant women but not in their babies. It may also reduce the risk of a preterm delivery.

Why did the authors do the study? People living Western lifestyles are often told to eat a healthier diet, including less saturated fat and more fish, pulses, fruit, and vegetables. These authors wanted to find out the effects of this healthier diet on pregnant women, since pregnancy induces the kind of changes to serum lipids that are usually associated with atherogenesis. They also wanted to know …

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