Endometriosis can both be painful and also be involved in infertility. In a large study involving 586,153 person-years of follow up the researchers investigated the relationship between the type of fat ingested and its association to endometriosis (Missmer SA, et al. 2010). The total fat consumption was not associated with increased risk for endometriosis, but the type of fat consumed played a role. The women in the highest fifth of the omega 3 fatty acid consumption were 22% less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis compared to those with the lowest fifth intake. What may be even more interesting is that the women in the highest quintile of trans fat intake were 48% more likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis. It is not only important to ingest enough omega 3 fatty acids, but also very important to avoid bad and toxic fat. Trans fat are often produced when foods are deep fried. Hydrogenated oils may also contain trans fat.
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