High Consumption of Fast Food Linked to Risk of Infertility in Women

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New study reveals that consumption of fast food in women along with low consumption of fruits can lead to lower the chances of conceiving pregnancy in woman

The study conducted by Australian researchers found that women consuming less than three pieces of fruit a month took 50% longer to conceive than women who ate fruit three or more times a month. The study also analyzed pattern of junk food consumption in women. It was found that women who rarely consume fast food got pregnant a month quicker, on average than women who ate fast food four times a week or more.

The study published in the journal Human Reproduction reported around 5,598 women questioning regarding diet during their first antenatal visit. Among all the couples in the study, 468 (8%) were classified as infertile (defined as taking longer than a year to conceive) and 2,204 (39%) conceived within a month. However, intake of green leafy vegetables or fish was found not to affect the time took in getting pregnant. Currently majority of parent population is getting older, one in six couples trying to conceive now struggle to get pregnant.

Furthermore, researchers advised maintaining healthy weight and diet can significantly improve the chances of getting pregnant. However they added there were also many myths about fertility, including the suggestion that fruit should be avoided. Impact of diet on infertility was observed, which found that found that, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 12% in women with the lowest intake of fruits. Women who ate fast food four or more times a week, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 16%.

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