March 2010

Infertility and Syndrome X, aka the Metabolic Syndrome

Some of the most compelling pieces of evidence that nutrition plays a pivotal role in the condition called infertility are recent research articles linking the metabolic syndrome, or Syndrome X, to infertility.

Syndrome X is characterized by the following: insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia, increased triglycerides, decreased HDL, increased LDL, reduced fibrinolysis, hyperuricemia and the classically associated diseases of type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension and obesity.1

Nutrition to Prevent Syndrome X and Improve Fertility

Whether you are going to use an Assisted Reproductive Technique to get pregnant or achieve a pregnancy naturally, having a peaceful internal body chemistry to nurture the very beginning of a new life cannot be over-emphasized.

When Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931) famously said “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease” he was really onto something that is proving to be more accurate with each passing day.