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Letters Pre-pregnancy potato consumption and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus

Sweet potato as an alternative to potato in gestational diabetes mellitus

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 23 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i975
  1. Arun Sharma, junior resident (pharmacology)1,
  2. M Thulasimani, associate professor (pharmacology)1
  1. 1Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences (SLIMS), Puducherry 605502, India
  1. drarun86md{at}

Bao and colleagues recently found that consumption of higher levels of potato before pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, and they suggested substituting potatoes with other vegetables or whole grains to lower this risk.1 We suggest that sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam) could be eaten instead of potato. Often …

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