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The Link Between Infertility and Insulin Resistance

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Insulin resistance can inhibit ovulation.

Insulin resistance can inhibit ovulation.


Untreated insulin resitance can make smaller eggs and fetuses.

Insulin resistance contributes to infertility through a number of mechanisms. ”Excess insulin shifts the sex hormone balance to promote testosterone production over estrogen production,” says Robert Greene, MD, reproductive endocrinologist with Conceptions Reproductive Associates in Denver. “It also can inhibit ovulation, and new insights are demonstrating that higher average blood sugar levels can compromise the egg quality.” Studies show that insulin resistance can cause delayed maturation of eggs and lead to smaller eggs. These findings are linked to poor outcomes, including delayed embryonic development, growth restriction of the fetus, birth defects, and smaller fetuses.
 
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