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I've heard about this but have never come across anything yet except for today. This was on Safeway.com under the wellness section.<br><br><a href="http://shop.safeway.com/superstore/default.asp?brandid=1&page=corphome" target="_blank">http://shop.safeway.com/superstore/d...&page=corphome</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Low-Fat Dairy Products Linked to Infertility<br>
By Kimberly Beauchamp, ND<br>
Healthnotes Newswire (April 19, 2007)—Women who eat more low-fat dairy products are at higher risk for infertility problems, according to researchers from Harvard University.<br><br>
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults eat two to three servings of low-fat dairy products each day. A new study in Human Reproduction questions this advice.<br><br>
As part of the Nurses’ Health Study II, 18,555 women of childbearing age shared information about their attempts to become pregnant and any fertility problems that they encountered. Over an eight-year period, the women completed questionnaires about their dietary habits, including how much and what types of dairy products they ate.<br><br>
Over the course of the study, 438 women were diagnosed with infertility due to an ovulation disorder (anovulatory infertility). “We found that intake of low-fat dairy foods was associated with a greater risk of anovulatory infertility, whereas intake of high-fat dairy foods was associated with a lower risk of this condition,” the authors commented.<br><br>
Women who ate two or more servings per day of low-fat dairy products had almost two times the risk of infertility compared with women who consumed them once or less per week. High-fat dairy products had the opposite effect: women who had one or more servings per day of high-fat dairy products were 27% less likely to suffer from infertility than were women who ate these products once or less per week. Adding just one glass of whole milk per day cut the risk of infertility by more than one half.<br><br>
Low-fat yogurt and sherbet/frozen yogurt had the most negative impact on fertility; whole milk and ice cream were the most protective.<br><br>
So what about the advice to eat less saturated fat from meat and dairy products? Perhaps the answer is to concentrate on eating a diet based on whole foods—those closest to their original source. Whole foods are only minimally processed, meaning that they have not been significantly altered to remove edible portions of the food, such as the bran from grains and fat from dairy products.<br><br>
Emphasizing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, fish, and eating dairy products and lean meats in moderation provides a good balance of fats and other nutrients essential for maintaining good health and optimal fertility.<br><br>
(Hum Reprod 2007;doi:10.1093/humrep/dem019)<br><br>
Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. She cofounded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI. Dr. Beauchamp practices as a birth doula and lectures on topics including whole-foods nutrition, detoxification, and women’s health.</td>
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Very interesting! I am a skim milk lover. I also try to eat a cup of fat free yogurt daily for the calcium. I can only hope this doesn't affect me. Really you can't win - infertility or osteoporosis!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Very interesting! I am a skim milk lover. I also try to eat a cup of fat free yogurt daily for the calcium. I can only hope this doesn't affect me. Really you can't win - infertility or osteoporosis!</div>
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yeah no doubt.. and whole milk.. come on.. some of us are trying to lose weight!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Maybe I will stick to Ice Cream for my dairy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Very interesting! I am a skim milk lover. I also try to eat a cup of fat free yogurt daily for the calcium. I can only hope this doesn't affect me. Really you can't win - infertility or osteoporosis!</div>
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Could you just take calcium supplements?<br><br>
I wonder if it's the whole fat-free (and not that way naturally) bit of it that would interfere with the fertility, or the lactose, or the calcium?<br><br>
It's a very interesting article!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Could you just take calcium supplements?<br></div>
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I guess that is an option but I really do enjoy drinking milk and eating yogurt. I am a member of Weight Watchers so I try to eat the fat free/low fat versions.
 

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What I don't understand about this study, is what does it say about women who are ovulatory and do eat low-fat dairy? Does the infertility they refer to only have to do with ovulatory problems? I ate whole milk last month after the study came out (fickle, and easily swayed!) but then this cycle, I'm eating my regular low-fat versions. I just don't understand if the study says anything about those of us who know we are ovulating? Would whole fat dairy products make us ovulate stronger?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What I don't understand about this study, is what does it say about women who are ovulatory and do eat low-fat dairy? Does the infertility they refer to only have to do with ovulatory problems? I ate whole milk last month after the study came out (fickle, and easily swayed!) but then this cycle, I'm eating my regular low-fat versions. I just don't understand if the study says anything about those of us who know we are ovulating? Would whole fat dairy products make us ovulate stronger?</div>
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Good Question.. I'm going ot post this on my cloth board. I know a couple moms over there who might know this.
 

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My guess is that those who ate low fat dairy in the study were also eating a generally lowfat diet. The body needs fat for pregnancy, no fat in the food means the environment isn't right for a new baby, and thus ovulation is bad.<br><br>
This ties in with how LAM is not as effective for many women today as records would indicate. We have so much more food now that the body figures that there's plenty of food to support both breastfeeding and pregnancy.<br><br>
Lesson, eat a balanced diet, and if not ovulating calls for a big bowl of ice cream, then have at it.
 

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from what i've read, the effects are limited to those that function for ovulation, so PCOSers probably should stick with full fat alternatives. as far as i know that's the only thing it has shown a correlation to...ovulation defects. that's my .02!
 

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I've been eating homemade yogurt made from whole milk everyday to help prevent yeast infections. Do you think I should cut down? I am on CD8.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been eating homemade yogurt made from whole milk everyday to help prevent yeast infections. Do you think I should cut down? I am on CD8.</div>
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From what I gather from the article it is lowfat milk products that are a concern, not whole milk products. I would say you are fine.
 
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