Italian Researchers Link Vitamin D Deficiency To Infertility
In the biggest such study to date, a team of researchers in Italy have found that vitamin D deficiency might prevent pregnancy.
Following this early discovery, vitamin D was essentially forgotten about. Its role in human health had been determined, and no further research was deemed necessary. However, attitudes towards vitamin D have changed considerably during the past two to three decades, and millions of dollars have been pumped into vitamin D related research.
Just recently, a massive study which drew international attention found a direct link between vitamin D and prostate cancer. It was determined that those men with the lowest vitamin D levels are most at risk of developing prostate cancer, and that they are most at risk of developing an aggressive form of the disease.
Now a team of researchers in Italy have found that vitamin D levels can have a significant impact on a woman's ability to conceive. The research team recruited 335 women in 2012 that were scheduled to receive IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment at one of the country's leading clinics. Speaking from Milan, the lead researcher confirmed that the results of the study show a direct link between fertility and vitamin D. "What we have found, is that woman with adequate vitamin D in their blood are considerably more likely to produce healthy embryos," said Alessio Paffoni.
At the beginning of the study, researchers found 154 of the participants to have vitamin D levels less than 20 ng/ml. These women were then put in a Vitamin D Deficient group, while the remaining 181 women who had levels higher than 20 ng/ml were placed in a Sufficient Vitamin D group. The team of researchers subsequently discovered that those women with a vitamin D blood reading higher than 20 ng/ml were twice as likely to become pregnant as a result of their IVF treatment.
"We are all very pleased with the outcome of this study, and we hope that suitable clinical studies will be conducted shortly in order to determine whether or not vitamin D supplementation should be included in IVF treatment," said Paffoni.
Nutra Mina, a Hollywood based vitamin D supplier, has also praised the researchers who carried out the study. "We are thrilled with the results of this study, and we stand by this remarkable team of researchers in calling for further studies to be done. Vitamin D supplementation is so cheap, so if it can help couples to have children of their own, just think how many more smiling faces there are going to be," said Mr. Oliver Adams, a spokesman for the company.
The team who conducted this recent study has also said they believe that if vitamin D can improve IVF success rates, then there is every reason to believe that adequate vitamin D is crucial for all women who are planning on having kids. However, they do point out that more trials will need to be carried out before they are able to officially recommend taking daily vitamin D3 supplements.
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