DASH diet may lower risk for preeclampsia
Citing the “unclear” relationship between a pregnant woman’s diet and hypertensive disorders, Mariel Arvizu, MD, ScD, doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues reviewed certain health histories and dietary patterns of 13,645 women who had given birth to 20,024 children. There were 505 cases of preeclampsia among the cohort.
The researchers determined DASH scores by determining the relative intake of eight food groups: fruits and fruit juices, vegetables, whole grains, red and processed meats, nuts and legumes, sugar sweetened beverages and sodium.
According to a press release, Arvizu and colleagues found that the women who adhered to a healthier diet prior to pregnancy were significantly less likely to develop preeclampsia. Specifically, the abstract stated that the RR for preeclampsia among women in increasing quintiles of adherence to the DASH score was 0.88 (0.68-1.13), 0.72 (0.55-0.94), 0.8 (0.61-1.05) and 0.62 (0.45, 0.84) vs. those women in the lowest quintile of adherence. – by Janel Miller
Arvizu M, et al. “Adherence to pre-pregnancy DASH dietary pattern and diet recommendations from the American Heart Association and the risk of preeclampsia.” Presented at: Nutrition 2019; June 8-11; Baltimore.
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