A long-term study of 85,000 US women found that passing on potatoes may help prevent type 2 diabetes. The Harvard University study found that women with the highest potato intake had a moderately elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes.The researchers noted that the association was strongest among obese women, who already face an increased risk of the disease, implying that heavy potato consumption may pose a particular problem for this group.
Reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (February 1, 2006), the researchers found that women with the highest potato intake were 14% more apt to develop diabetes over 20 years, compared with women who had the lowest consumption of potatoes. Women who ate more French fries in particular had a 21% higher risk of diabetes, compared with women who ate less.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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