Unable to have children? Dairy Sugars May be the Reason Why
"There is nothing sadder than a childless couple. It breaks
my heart to see them relaxing around swimming pools in
Florida, sitting all suntanned and miserable on the decks
of their boats — trotting off to Europe like lonesome fools.
It's an empty life. Nothing but money to spend, more time
to enjoy and a whole lot less to worry about."
- Roslyn South (often attributed to Dear Abby & Ann Landers)
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Like millions of Americans, have you or somebody you know
been unsuccessful after attempting to have children?
A January 8, 2014 press release revealed that the Journal
of Urology has determined that up to 24% of couples have
trouble conceiving a child. Those using in vitro fertilization
at fertility clinics often spend over $19,000 for treatment.
Infertility has increased significantly since the 1980s.
So too has per capita cheese and ice cream consumption.
The increased intake of high density dairy foods may be
the reason infertility rates are so high.
Blame it on the naturally occurring galactose in dairy.
Cow's milk contains lactose, a sugar consisting
of two other sugars, glucose and galactose.
For more disturbing galactose science:
"Milk Products and Ovarian Function
Adult Hypolactasia, Milk Consumption,
and Age-specific Fertility"
American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 139, No.3
1994 Daniel W. Cramer, Huijuan Xu, and Timo Sahi
Summary & Review
Much has been said about the pro's and con's of milk
consumption and diary products. Some nutritionists claim
there is nothing intrinsically wrong with dairy as long as
it is organic(hormone-free), others claim a strong link
between dairy and various disorders of the female reproductive
system. The observations noted in the following study
support the existing evidence that galactose, a sugar found
only in milk, could have a powerful effect on human ovarian
This 1994 study published in the "American Journal of
Epidemiology" (AJE) provides data on a significant
correlation between decreased women's fertility and both
the ability to digest milk (lactose) and milk consumption
rates. People who lose the ability to digest lactose are
referred to as having adult hypolactasia. Specifically, the
study found that female fertility at older ages is lower and
the decline in fertility with aging is steeper in populations
with high milk consumption.
Independent studies have shown that galactose may be
toxic to ovarian germ cells which are necessary for
reproduction. Therefore, diminished milk digestion would
lead to less galactose production, healthier ovarian germ
cells and enhanced fertility for women. The correlation
between milk consumption and digestion with a higher rate
of loss of fertility is greatest at 35-39 years of age, the
decade after the peak child bearing years of 25-29. Some
experts propose that this delayed impact may be caused
by the cumulative effects of long term milk consumption.
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"People with fertility problems are not alone. It is a
very very common problem for couples today. I've seen
statistics that are just staggering."
- Michael Zaslow
"Everyone has read about or knows someone who has gone through
fertility treatments. It is an emotional nightmare, fueled by
false hope and the promise of a treatment that will work."
- Ann Hood