Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Choice of Dietary Fats May Moderate Endometriosis Risk in Women

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

Consumption of omega-3 essential fatty acids in foods such as fish, oils, nuts and seeds may help prevent endometriosis in some women. The exact opposite is true when it comes to trans fats (which serve no purpose in our diets) from foods like crackers, margarine or fried foods; they may markedly increase the risk of endometriosis, according to a new study.

Endometriosis is a painful disease of the uterus whereby endometrial cells, which make up the lining, grow outside the uterus and sometimes spread to other organs like the ovaries, causing infertility.

In this new US study, it was found that the type, rather than the quantity, of dietary fats consumed had a greater impact on the risk of endometriosis. Women who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids were 22% less likely to develop the disease, whereas women who consumed more trans fats were 48% more likely to develop the disease.

According to the study's leader, Dr. Stacey Missmer of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, one reason why trans fats are so deadly is because they increase inflammatory markers in the body, which has been connected to the onset and progression of endometriosis.

If women can make one simple change to their diets that could improve their health on so many levels, including potentially preventing endometriosis, it's by swapping those deadly trans fats for heart healthy and overall well-being promoting omega-3 essential fatty acids!

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Trans fats may promote endometriosis" from Reuters Health (Mar. 24, 2010).