Can the Keto Diet Help Boost Fertility?

Can the Keto Diet Help Boost Fertility? (everydayhealth.com)

[Everyday Health, 1/16/19]  A look at the impact that the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet could have on a couple’s ability to get pregnant.

The ketogenic diet is all the rage these days among those who are looking to shed a substantial amount of weight quickly. Given that being overweight or obese can reduce your chances of getting pregnant or staying pregnant (having excess body fat is associated with a higher risk of miscarriage), overweight women who want to have a baby may be wondering if the keto diet could help them slim down and boost their fertility at the same time. The answer is a resounding “maybe.”

A ketogenic diet — which is high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates— puts your body into a natural metabolic state called ketosis. By dramatically reducing your intake of carbohydrates (its primary source of energy), your body is forced to become super efficient at burning fat for energy instead. Preliminary research suggests this shift can enhance weight loss temporarily, as well as help reduce systemic inflammation, which is important because “inflammation can reduce overall fertility,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, RDN, a wellness nutrition services consultant at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Ohio. What’s more, a properly followed ketogenic diet can help reduce levels of insulin and possibly better regulate levels of other reproductive hormones, including testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)………

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