When reviewing the potential impact of sugar intake on female reproductive health, factors to be considered include the various body systems, organs and tissues involved in (either or both) glucose metabolism and reproductive function, and the bidirectional functional relationships between many of them (covered in Part 1). Following on from these interconnections, how sugar can impact these body systems, organs and tissues, both individually and via their functional interconnection, and the clinical relevance of these effects also needs to be considered. This will be covered in Part 2.
The use of non-natural sweeteners, interchangeably known as artificial or intense sweeteners, is broad both geographically and in terms of the multitude of ingested substances they are incorporated in. Characterised as low caloric additives that act as sugar substitutes in predominantly ‘low-energy’ or ‘low sugar’ foods and drinks, their extensive and increasing use in recent decades is attributed to the increased prevalence of obesity and metabolic pathologies and consequent shift towards low carbohydrate/low sugar dietary patterns.
Have you heard of microchimerism? In today's podcast we learn what this is, and discuss the importance of healthy mitochondria for optimal fertility.
Assessing anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) is becoming more commonplace in older women to provide a measure for fertility expectations, or 'ovarian reserve'. But what is the evidence telling us?
New research emerges all the time about the importance of microbiota in overall health and wellbeing. So, what about reproduction? Stacey The BabyMaker Roberts joins us to share her clinical perspectives.
What is the diagnostic criteria and the most common complementary medicine approaches to polycystic ovarian syndrome?
One in six Australian couples find it difficult to have a baby. The problem can lie with the female (40% of all cases), male (40%), or both partners (10%). In 10% of cases, the cause is unknown. Here, we take a closer look at factors that can affect female fertility, and how they might be resolved.
Not too long ago, beneficial bacteria was only thought about in relation to the gastrointestinal ecology. However in recent years we have discovered that the body plays host to a myriad of distinct bacterial colonies that play a vital role in health and disease.
In this episode Andrew and Dr Mark Donohoe discuss the microbiome beyond the gut with a focus on the reproductive system. As well as offering up some diet and lifestyle interventions that we as hosts can use to ensure the health of our resident bugs.