Hearty Morning Meal Could Stave Off PCOS

Would you eat a big plate of scrambled eggs and toast for the sake of getting pregnant? That doesn't sound like a bad deal to us — and a new study suggests that a big breakfast could help some women with fertility issues.

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The suggestion

New research suggests that eating a hearty breakfast, rather than a big dinner, could help women fend off polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a major contributor to infertility. Polycystic ovary syndrome is associated with the imbalance of hormones that leads to women experiencing missed periods or not getting their periods at all, which can make it harder to conceive.

Though the cause of PCOS is unknown, the condition leads women to have abnormal insulin levels or not respond to insulin normally, which leads to higher than usual levels of testosterone in the blood, disrupting the menstrual cycle.

The study

Researchers from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem wanted to see if timing of meals had any impact of insulin in women with PCOS.

As part of the study, 60 slim women with PCOS were asked to eat 1,800 calories per day for 12 weeks. One group of women was asked to eat the majority of their calories for breakfast while the other group was asked to eat most of their calories at dinner.

At the end of the study, half of the women in the first group had ovulated at least once during the 12-week period while only 1/5 of the latter group did the same, suggesting improved fertility in the "breakfast group."

Though this suggests that fertility improved, due to the women's ovulation cycles, experts are unsure as to whether or not the results of the study actually improved women's chances of getting pregnant.

Though experts are unsure, would you change up your eating habits to include a big breakfast rather than a big dinner if you thought you might have better chances of ovulating and thus getting pregnant?

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