Does Diet Boost Fertility?

4:52 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA)-- At this week's meeting of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG), reproductive medicine specalists from Delaware released a preliminary, but provocative study.  Their patients following a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet had pregnancy rates four times higher during in vitro fertilization than women eating less protein and more carbs.

The high-protein diet was defined as protein intake representing 25% or more of the daily diet, with carbohydrate intate at 40% or less.  Dr. Jeffrey Russell, director of the Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine, was so impressed by the results of the research on 120 women, he now tells all IVF patients in that practice to follow a high-protein eating plan.

But Dominion Fertility's Dr. Mark Payson believes it is too early to make such a recommendation.  He says this study does not prove that dietary protein is the reason for the womens' improved fertility.  It only proves that there is an association.

Dr. Payson says, "The fact that there is association doesn't mean that there is causation, so we need to do additional studies so we can look and see if this is exactly true. It's a great initial study and what we need to do now is an extra study, an additional study and assign women to different diets and see how they do."

For more advice from Dr. Payson on dietary and environmental factors that affect fertility, watch the attached Health Alert with WUSA 9's Anita Brikman.

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