mediterranean diet to increase fertility

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Diet and nutrition play a huge role in fertility and can help improve chances to get pregnant.  A few simple changes might make all the difference.  What have you got to lose?  You eat some tasty meals, get to feel better as a side effect, and increase your chances of getting pregnant as another side-effect.

One thing you might want to consider is eating Mediterranean Diet to increase fertility while trying to get pregnant.  Although the ultimate mechanism behind it needs yet to be determined (some studies exist already, please see the references below), preliminary data clearly show that couples eating diets high in whole grains, fish fruits and vegetables have less trouble getting pregnant.  Moreover, there have been additional ties to decreased rates of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes by those who adhered to Mediterranean eating style.

An observational study with data from 10 Mediterranean countries aimed to explore a relationship between the incidence of gestational diabetes and the Mediterranean pattern of eating. Authors found out that adherence to a mediterranean kitchen was associated NOT ONLY with lower incidence of gestational diabetes, but also with a better degree of glucose tolerance, even in women without gestational diabetes. They therefore conclude that using this eating style may be used for the prevention of gestational diabetes and recommend  further testing with intervention studies.

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