Canadian Journal of Cardiology

The Association Between Time in Canada and Diet Quality in South Asian Immigrants: A Study of Pregnant Women

      The prevalence of gestational diabetes (GDM) is increasing worldwide. The largest non-white ethnic group in Canada are South Asians (SA). SA women have an increased risk of developing GDM due to several factors including low diet quality. Women who develop GDM are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in later life. In the prospective South Asian Birth Cohort (START) conducted among 1,012 SA women from Peel Region, we assessed the association between length of time living in Canada and dietary quality during pregnancy in SA women.
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