About 1 in 20 pregnant women suffers from gestational diabetes, putting them at risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) later in life. However, that risk can be reduced through good dietary choices.
A study that followed almost 4000 women for over 22 years showed that women who had had gestational diabetes showed a 20% lower risk for hypertension if they followed any one of three specified diets: the Alternative Healthy Eating Index, the Mediterranean diet, or the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. All three diets minimize red meat and salt, while encouraging eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and non-meat protein sources like legumes.
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Healthy diet could lower hypertension risk for women with gestational diabetes