We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (it boosts metabolism, prevents binging and facilitates happiness because it regulates blood sugar) but breakfast is particularly important for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – so researchers tell us.
A new study by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, published in the “Clinical Science” journal has found that eating a hearty breakfast boosted the fertility of women diagnosed menstrual problems resulting from PCOS, which negatively impacts a women’s ability to fall pregnant.
Basically, PCOS makes women insulin resistant which in turn increases male sex hormones – the point of the study was to try an decrease insulin resistance (by means of regimented calorie intake), which would thus increase female sex hormones… and thus improve the chances of falling pregnant.
Participants ate 1,800 calories a day and the women who ate the most number of calories in the morning (at breakfast) experienced higher levels of ovulation and also an 8 per cent decrease in insulin resistance and also a 50 per cent drop in the male sex hormone that limits fertility.
Women who ate big dinners (as opposed to breakfasts) experienced no change.
This is brilliant news – and the great thing about it is that it hurts absolutely nothing to try it… and I imagine is probably something practical that women who have menstruation issues in general (and are struggling to conceive) could add to the list of things that they are undoubtedly already doing to boost fertility.
To read more about the study, read “Big breakfast ‘could boost fertility” in Telegraph.co.uk.