Gill Stannard

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Health Trip 22 May

Coming up on Health Trip this Monday is a look at healthy breasts (sorry guys, no radio with pictures) - dealing with the lumps and bumps the natural way. Tune in at the regular time, 10.30 am for naturopathic advice. Call in with your health question on (+613)93881027.


Anonymous said...

Hi Gillian thought you might be intereste din this article that came thru the wires,cheers, liz lopez

US: Vegan diet lowers odds of having twins, study finds
Med Twins
WASHINGTON, May 20 Reuters - Women who eat a vegan diet are
one-fifth as likely as other women to have twins, a US researcher
reported today.
The reason may be hormones given to cattle to boost their milk
and meat production, said Dr Gary Steinman, an obstetrician
specialising in multiple-birth pregnancies at Long Island Jewish
Medical Centre in New Hyde Park, New York.
Writing in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Steinman said
he compared twin births rates among women who ate a regular diet,
vegetarians who included dairy products, and vegan women.
Vegans follow a strict vegetarian diet which excludes all animal
products including milk.
The vegans had twins at one-fifth the rate of the milk-drinking
women. Insulin-like growth factor may be responsible, Steinman
All animals, including people, produce a compound called
insulin-like growth factor or IGF in response to growth hormone. It
is found in milk and it increases the sensitivity of the ovaries to
follicle stimulating hormone, thus increasing ovulation.
Some studies also suggest that IGF may help embryos survive in
the early stages of development.
Vegan women have about a 13 per cent lower level of IGF in the
blood than women who consume dairy products.
The number of multiple births, including twins, has increased
significantly in the United States since 1975, about the time
assisted reproductive technologies were introduced.
And women are waiting until they are older to have children,
which can increase the twinning rate.
But Steinman thinks something else may be contributing to the
increase in the rate of twin births.
"The continuing increase in the twinning rate into the 1990s,
however, may also be a consequence of the introduction of
growth-hormone treatment of cows to enhance their milk and beef
production," he said in a statement.
There could be a genetic link to IGF's influence, also, Steinman
In cattle, regions of the genetic code which control the rate of
twinning have been found close to the IGF gene.
And black women in the US have, on average, the highest rates of
twin births - and they also tend to have normally higher levels of
IGF in their blood, Steinman said.
Asian women have the lowest IGF levels and the lowest rate of
twin births and Caucasian women fall in-between, he said.
"Because multiple gestations are more prone to complications
such as premature delivery, congenital defects and
pregnancy-induced hypertension in the mother than singleton
pregnancies, the findings of this study suggest that women
contemplating pregnancy might consider substituting meat and dairy
products with other protein sources, especially in countries that
allow growth hormone administration to cattle," said Steinman.

Another Outspoken Female said...

Thanks Liz :)