Cholesterol And Its Relationship To Fertility
According to a recent study, there is a relationship between cholesterol and fertility. The study shows that high levels of cholesterol may impair fertility, especially if each partner has a high cholesterol level. Furthermore, it shows that couples in which the woman’s cholesterol level is high, but the man’s level of cholesterol is in the acceptable range also took longer to achieve pregnancy. At Successful Parenting Today, we aim to help you understand the relationship between cholesterol and fertility.
Cholesterol has a bad reputation because it is linked to stroke and heart attack when the level is too high, and decreased sex drive and hormonal imbalances when it is low. However, this fat-based substance plays a necessary role in the body’s basic functions. It helps to rescue the work of blood vessels, protects nerve fibers, helps build cell membranes, and helps in the production of bile acids, vitamin D and hormones that are necessary for fertility.
Cholesterol, a fat-like, waxy substance found in all cells of the body, is a precursor for steroid hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, which are important for both women and men. Hormones play a part in reproduction, maturation of the sperm and eggs, and in the preparation of the uterus. When protein mixes with cholesterol in the blood stream, it creates low-density lipoprotein, which delivers cholesterol to body tissues, and high-density lipoprotein, which delivers cholesterol to the ovaries and adrenals for hormone production.
Although the low-density lipoprotein is seen as the bad cholesterol, studies show that it can aid in muscle building. The high-density lipoprotein, good cholesterol, takes up excess cholesterol to the liver for processing and disposal. Triglycerides are than added into both high-density and low-density lipoproteins.
Acceptable cholesterol levels depend on a person’s risk factors for heart disease. The ideal HDL, high-density lipoprotein, level for a woman with no risk factors is greater than 50mg/dL, while her ideal LDL level should be between 100 and 129 mg/dL. 150 mg/dL is her ideal triglyceride level.
It is important to maintain healthy cholesterol levels by eating a balanced diet, increasing fiber intake, and decreasing saturated fats. Moderate alcohol intake, 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink for women, can increase levels of good cholesterol. Exercise such as swimming, walking, cycling, and running is also important.
The relationship between cholesterol and fertility has not been determined conclusively. However, women who want to get pregnant should try to love a healthy lifestyle to improve their mental and physical condition and decrease any negative effects that cholesterol might have on fertility.
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