A recent study at the Drexel University School of Public Health found that people with a combination of obesity and vitamin D deficiency were at increased risk of insulin resistance, which is, of course, bad for fertility and for overall health.
The researchers analyzed data on serum vitamin D levels and indicators of insulin resistance and diabetes from 5,806 respondents to a major national health survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They found that while obese individuals with healthy levels of vitamin D had insulin resistance approximately 20 times more often than the overall study population, obese individuals whose serum vitamin D was low had insulin resistance about 32 tines more often than the overall study population.
The hormone DHEA naturally occurs in the body, but levels decrease as we age. DHEA supplements can be bought over the counter. They have helped slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, and arthritis. Now doctors at the Texas Fertility Center are studying the impact of DHEA on women trying to get pregnant. Dr. Natalie Burger, a physician at Texas Fertility Center, has implemented the DHEA supplement among dozens of patients pursuing IVF on a trial basis.
a guest blog by Marcy Lerner at Zeel.com, July 31, 2012
You may have tried many different things to enhance your fertility, including IVF. But have you considered acupuncture? Acupuncture can both boost fertility and help maintain healthy pregnancies.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China, where it has been practiced for over 3,000 years. It involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body by a trained and qualified acupuncturist. The needles target energy meridians that, according to traditional Chinese medicine, run throughout the body. By placing needles in specific spots on the body, this energy, called qi, is released, promoting better health.
Forget the polls. The gauge of success in this year's presidential election could come down to another indicator -- how many Americans are making babies. The fertility rate has long been linked by economists to the health of the economy. It's unclear what that rate will be come election day -- but right now, projections show confidence is down in an historic way. If the trend holds, it's another sign that President Obama will have to counter a pessimistic mood to win a second term.
Eating avocados and dressing salads with olive oil could help women trying to have a baby through IVF, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health claim. A study found monounsaturated fat – found in olive oil, sunflower oil, nuts and seeds – was better than any other kind of dietary fat for would-be mothers. Those who ate the highest amounts were 3.4 times more likely to have a child after IVF than those who ate the lowest amounts. In contrast, women who ate mostly saturated fat, found in butter and red meat, produced fewer good eggs for use in fertility treatment.
Recently, I found something quite naturally beautiful right outside my living room window; a nest with four tiny baby birds. And, as I watched the mother bird fly around to find food and feed her babies, I was in awe. The nest looked so small, yet so uniquely designed. And beneath it hung a purple ribbon blowing in the wind. I was amazed by the blue nylon string that looked as though it was securing the nest in place around the branch. Crafty little creatures, these orange breasted birds. And it got me thinking about the nest, the safety net of life.
Trying to get pregnant can be a trying time for couples, but research shows certain foods can help make you more fertile. According to Misha Biden, a registered dietitian at Shands Jacksonville's Healthy Start program, an overall healthy diet makes a woman's body better prepared for a baby. She suggests women increase their intake of "healthy" fats like those found in fatty fish, olive oil and nuts. Iron is also an essential ingredient to healthy conception. Biden said women should add lots of green, leafy vegetables and beans to their diets.
Studies abound about the benefits of mind-body therapies in conjunction with conventional treatments for infertility. These treatments are used mainly to ease stress and contribute to well-being, both of which former fertility patients will swear helped them overcome infertility. Some, like acupuncture, have been around for centuries, while others are relatively new.