PRLog - Aug. 12, 2014 - A recent study finds that women who partake in a healthy breakfast each morning are making substantial progress toward combating infertility caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Hearty Breakfast Can Help Increase Fertility
Although the scientific community has not yet pinpointed what causes PCOS, what is known is how devastating the effects of this condition can be on fertility. Women with this condition are generally found to have less than ideal insulin levels as well (those with this affliction can often be referred to as “insulin resistant”), which peripherally causes excess testosterone in their blood. The menstrual cycle can often be disrupted by the presence of abnormal hormone levels, making conception extremely difficult.
Insulin reduction via weight loss or prescription meds can help the resulting fertility issues; however, for women who have a thin to normal BMI these options aren’t so ideal. This factor inspired researchers to find whether or not a more tightly regimented daily meal plan could improve insulin regulation for women who have PCOS.
The result? Sixty women with both PCOS and a slim body type agreed to maintain a daily caloric intake of 1,800 for 12 weeks. One group consumed the bulk of their calories during breakfast, the rest at dinnertime. After 12 weeks, approximately 50% of those consuming more during breakfast had experienced at least one period of ovulation, suggesting better fertility and a more viable way to manage PCOS for slim women which was previously unknown.
In the United States, we often strive to hit the ground running each morning, so skipping breakfast is one very common bad habit. The good news is, making that simple shift in your meal routine not only ensures that you will consume less unhealthy calories during the day, but also (and more importantly for expectant families), taking time for breakfast greatly enhances your chances of having a bundle of joy right when you plan for him or her.
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