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Endometriosis linked to fats in your diet

The kind of fat you eat can increase or decrease your chances of suffering from endometriosis, a condition that can make it harder to conceive, say researchers

Posted: 24 March 2010
by Cassandra Kempster-Roberts

A study has indicated that the kind of fat you eat is linked to your chances of developing endometriosis, reports the Telegraph.

The study involved 70,000 women in America over four years, and found the total amount of fat in a woman’s diet isn’t important, but the type of fat does seem to affect the likelihood of getting the condition.

Women who ate the highest amount of tans fat - a fat often found in biscuits, cakes and pies – were been found to be 48% more likely to develop endometriosis than women with the lowest consumption of trans fats.

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, found in food such as oily fish, appeared to help protect against endometriosis, with these women having their chances of developing the condition cut by 22%.

"This study gives us a strong indication that we’re on the right track in identifying food rich in Omega-3 oils as protective for endometriosis and trans fats as detrimental,” said Dr Stacey Missmer, the lead author and an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA.

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Fair enough but I was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 16 and barely ate any fat at all when I was a teenager so explain that one. My diet was basically pasta and bran flakes. Thankfully after 2 children I dont currently suffer any symptoms but I know how debilitating it is.

Posted: 25/03/2010 at 11:35

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