Slender women have more babies, research shows

29 April 2013

Taller, slimmer women are having more babies, recent healthcare research has found.

The study followed two groups of women in Gambia, using data collected over 55 years by the UK’s Medical Research Council. Researchers suggested that their findings are a reflection of natural selection in progress, despite the fact that many believe modern medicine has halted evolutionary progress. The study is applicable to the female population throughout the world, regardless of access to advanced medical care.

To improve fertility, women should perhaps focus on achieving a healthy weight before turning to fertility treatments. Gastric bypass surgery can help get weight down to a manageable level, which might increase chances of conception, according to the study. Women should participate in daily exercise, as well as maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to increase their likelihood of conception.

If that’s not enough, a number of fertility tests are available to pinpoint the root of the problem. Hormonal imbalances and other disorders which affect fertility can be inherited - discuss your options with a doctor to determine your next course of action.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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