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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2016, Volume : 4, Issue : 4
First page : (198) Last page : (204)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.2330

Effect of Diet and Nutrient Intake on Women Who Have Problems of Fertility

Dhanashree Nalavade1*, Anuradha Shekar1 and Ketan Shah2
1Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr. B.M.N. College of Home Science,
Affiliated to S.N.D.T. Women’s University, 338, R. A. Kidwai Road, Matunga -400019
2Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400012
*Corresponding Author E-mail: dhanashreenalavade@hotmail.com
Received: 6.07.2016  |  Revised: 15.07.2016   |  Accepted: 18.07.2016  

There appears to be a strong association between eating patterns, nutrient intakes and women’s reproductive outcomes. According to Chevarro et al, nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B12, iron, zinc and selenium play a vital role in treatment of infertility with proper physical activity. The present study thus aimed at exploring the effects of these parameters on infertility. To see the effect on infertility a comparison was made with fertile women using a pretested questionnaire in which information was collected about eating pattern and nutrient intakes. The samples were collected from Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, Parel, Mumbai with their ethical consent.
The study showed significant correlations in eating patterns and nutrient intakes such as calorie, protein, folate, iron, and zinc. Infertile women showed less nutrient intakes such as calorie (t=.011**), protein (t=.000**), folate (t=.011**), iron (t=.002**), and zinc (t=.000**). Questions were asked about certain food consumption pattern in which meat (p=0.031*), nuts & dried fruit (p=0.037*) and green leafy vegetable (p=0.000**) intake was higher in fertile women.
Review of literature also showed association between eating patterns and nutrient intakes like folic acid, iron, selenium, zinc, vitamin A and women’s reproductive health and overall health. Dietary patterns are important modifiable factors that can significantly show positive effect on women’s reproductive health.

Key words: Infertility, Non-Vegetarian Foods, Selenium, Iron, Zinc, Protein, Calories, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid

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Cite this article: Nalavade, D., Shekar, A. and Shah, K., Effect of Diet and Nutrient Intake on Women Who Have Problems of Fertility, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.4(4): 198-204 (2016). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.2330