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MTHFR Mutation, Infertility and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) is a  gene. The gene encodes the MTHFR enzyme which is in charge of a multi-step process converting homocysteine into another amino acid – methionine. Our bodies use methionine to produce proteins and other vital compounds; methionine is also an important antioxidant in the body for the production of healthy eggs and…

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Understanding Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that is basically considered by many experts as an unknown, to be honest. It is a condition that can happen for various different reasons. We’re still really unsure about what brings it on as such, but we do know that it can decrease the quality of the egg. It can decrease…

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Carbohydrates | Managing Diabetes

What to do about carbohydrates in your diet because when it comes to diabetes management, there is much controversy around the low carb diet. Many diabetes authorities have been advocating high levels of carbohydrate as a standard approach for all diabetics. Our recommendation however, differs for a few reasons… Firstly, having 50 to 60 g…

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Optimum Meal Timing | Managing Diabetes

Optimum meal timing for managing diabetes is different to our regular fertility diet recommendation. We generally recommend that our fertility clients eat 4 to 5 small meals a day. When it comes to diabetes and insulin resistance and PCOS, our clinic recommendations differ because eating small, frequent meals can make it hard to manage blood…

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Quantity & Quality Protein | Managing Diabetes

When it comes to managing diabetes it’s not hard to come across people who are strong advocates of high-protein diet. They’re everywhere. So when I refer to high-protein, I’m talking about 40 to 50% of your calories coming from quality protein or about 100 to 150 g of protein a day. I have several reasons…

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Avoiding Diary | Managing Diabetes

When it comes to effectively managing your diabetes we recommend avoiding dairy. While dairy on paper is a relatively low carbohydrate food, when we look at the insulin index of foods it actually has a disproportionately high insulin effect. In fact, the insulin index of both low fat and high fat milk are the equivalent…

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Benefits of Soluble Fibre | Managing Diabetes

Soluble fibre is one of the simple foods that you can incorporate into your diet and yet it’s so effective in increasing your feeling of fullness and slowing the release of sugar from the food you eat. It is a little old school, but tends to be forgotten in most standard dietary prescriptions these days.…

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Blood Sugar Levels | Managing Diabetes

To balance blood sugar levels, avoiding the buffet and ones tendency to over indulge when presented with a seemingly endless food source, is one of the most basic principles of keeping your insulin resistance and your insulin sensitivity high and your blood sugar and diabetes in check,  yet it’s actually something a lot of us…

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Managing Diabetes for Health and Fertility

The biggest obstacle to managing diabetes or even prediabetes and insulin resistance is that we often don’t know what we don’t know. Presented for people with diabetes, prediabetes and for any women with blood sugar regulation issues, metabolic syndrome or PCOS who is trying to conceive – in this series about effectively managing diabetes for…

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Lifestyle Factors | Managing Diabetes

Lifestyle factors are often disregarded or mentioned last in terms of priorities for achieving blood sugar balance. Yet getting lifestyle right is as essential to getting nutrition right. Really they go hand in hand because once we get lifestyle right, all other factors seem to come a little bit easier. Sleep It’s overlooked, but sleep…

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Managing MTHFR Mutation 677 1298

Q: I’m currently trying to conceive and have discovered that I am compounded heterozygous for MTHFR genetic mutation 1298 and 677…I’m not supposed to take folic acids, but I’m here in Australia and I can’t find metlyenehydrofolate to take instead of folic acid. Every natal multi I have seen has folic acid in it. I…

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How Fibroids Affect Fertility

Fibroids are a non-cancerous growths in the womb or uterus, are very common and while you may not know that you have them by the time she is 50, some 70-80 per cent of women will have these benign tumors. There are three different types, categorised by where they are located in the womb. Intramural…

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How To Diagnose Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome involves and over production of ovarian androgens (male hormones). The diverse range of symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome  including irregular cycles, hirsutism (male pattern/excessive hair growth), acne, oligo-ovulation (irregular) or anovulation (lack of ovulation) and infertility. Increased insulin levels, blood sugar irregularities, difficulty losing weight, obesity, hormonal imbalances, irregular cycles and of…

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How to Manage MTHFR Mutations

If you have tested positive to the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene mutation, and have possibly suffered recurrent miscarriages, then dietary and lifestyle changes as well as 120 days of preconception preparation should be your first line of treatment. Differences between the MTHFR mutations We all have two MTHFR genes, one inherited from each parent. Some…

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Homocysteine Fertility Complication

Homocysteine Fertility Complication

Homocysteine is an amino acid (a building block of protein) that has been linked with greater risk of suffering a heart attacks, strokes or blood clots among other serious things. It’s also linked with pregnancy complications, miscarriage and infertility. We all have homocysteine in our blood but it only becomes a problem if there is…

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3 Proven Steps To Manage PCOS Naturally

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine abnormalities in reproductively active women—affecting 5% to 10% of females. This makes PCOS a leading cause of infertility in woman of child bearing age. Factual statistics aside, being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome does not and should not mean an “infertility sentence”. It also does…

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