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Trans Fats May Increase Infertility Issues

on May 15, 2013

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Trans Fats May Increase Infertility Issues

While cutting trans fats from the diet is important for everyone, it looks like it might be even more important for women of childbearing age who want to have children. That's because it looks like trans fats might increase fertility issues for women.

New Trans Fat News

We’ve heard so much about trans fats lately, and how unhealthy they are. While cutting trans fats from the diet is important for everyone, it looks like it might be even more important for women of childbearing age who want to have children. That’s because it looks like trans fats might increase fertility issues for women. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The Study

In a study done by the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers found that women who had ovulation related fertility problems often consumed more trans fats than women who did not have fertility issues. It didn’t take much trans fat to make a difference either! The study showed that consuming just 2 percent of fats from trans fats instead of mono saturated fats, caused the risk of ovulation related fertility problems to double! Even worse? When carbs were replaced with trans fats, the risk went up by as much as 73 percent!

More Research Needed

Of course, this is only one study, and much more research and follow up studies will be needed to make certain that these findings are accurate, but this news is very disturbing! It shows that trans fats might be even more dangerous than we previously thought, and perhaps women who want to get pregnant need to be sure to cut them out completely!

What Are Trans Fats?

In case you need a refresher in what exactly trans fats are, they are liquid oils that go through hydrogenation, which is a chemically altering process that makes them more “solid” and more “shelf stable.” Trans fats help to extend the shelf life of products. They are most often found in fast foods and junk foods. Donuts, candy bars, crackers, cookies, and chips often have the biggest concentration of trans fats.

Avoiding Trans Fats

It is a good idea to cut out trans fats from your diet as much as possible anyway, since they are linked to obesity and heart disease. So, the fact that trans fats might lead to infertility issues is just one more reason to cut out the trans fats from your diet. Read labels carefully, since trans fats can often be labeled deceivingly on food packages. Try to eat “whole” foods as opposed to packaged foods for the best health benefits. Ask your doctor for advice on how to further cut out the trans fats from your diet.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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