Can I reduce the chances of getting endometriosis? (II)


In a large study among premenopausal women (with 70.709 women from the Nurses’ Health Study II, that took place in USA during 12 years), two important facts were observed: total fat intake was not associated with endometriosis, but intake of trans-fats was associated with a higher risk and, more important, high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids was associated with a lower risk of endometriosis. To be more exact, women with greater long-term intake of omega-3 fatty acids had a 23% lower risk of diagnosis of endometriosis (always talking about laparoscopically diagnosed endometriosis).

The effects of consuming one specific type of fat instead of another were also estimated: consuming omega-3 fatty acids rather than saturated, monounsaturated or omega-6 polyunsaturated fats was associated (without reaching statistical significance) with approximately a 50% lower risk of endometriosis; as well as consuming omega-3 fatty acids rather than trans-fats was with nearly a 50% lower risk of endometriosis (but in this case with statistical significance).

These results suggest how you can reduce the chances of getting endometriosis: increasing omega-3 fatty acids and decreasing trans-fats acids intakes is on your power.