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Trans Fats May Increase Infertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, December 17, 2015 | 0 comments

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Study Shows Latest Nutrition Bad Guy Can More Than Double Infertility Risk

Cutting trans fats from the diet may be especially important for women of childbearing age who want to have children.

Eating these unhealthy fats has been strongly linked to an increased risk for heart disease. Now, new research suggests they also increase a woman's risk of infertility.

In their study, nutrition researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that women with ovulation-related fertility problems tended to eat more trans fats than fertile women.

Obtaining just 2% of total calories from trans fats instead of healthier monounsaturated fats was associated with a doubled risk for this type of infertility.

In addition, each 2% increase in trans fat consumption as a replacement for carbohydrates brought a 73% greater risk of ovulation-related infertility, after adjusting for other known and suspected infertility risk factors, according to the study.

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