2 April 2010
Dietary fats may be linked to endometriosis, research suggests, although the impact appears to vary greatly according to the type of fat most commonly consumed (Human Reproduction 2010, in press).
Data from the US Nurses’ Health Study found those with the highest trans fat consumption — typically from takeaway fried food and margarines — were 48 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis.
However, those with high consumption of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids — mainly from tuna, other dark fish or salad dressings — were 22 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with the disease.
The authors said the finding was significant as to date few modifiable risk factors for endometriosis had been identified.
The study involved 70,000 women, including 1199 cases of laparoscopically confirmed endometriosis.
Last Reviewed: 02 April 2010