Can what you eat affect when you go into menopause?
New research from the UK suggests that it might.
They followed 914 women through menopause and sent them questionnaires about their diets, and what they found was interesting:
Fatty and oily fish delayed the age of menopause by 3.3 years for each daily portion
Fresh legumes delayed onset of menopause by 0.9 years for each daily portion
Refined pastas and rice was accelerated the age of menopause 1.5 years for each daily portion
They also asked these women about daily vitamin intake:
Vitamin B6 delayed menopause by 0.6 years
Zinc delayed menopause by 0.3 years per daily portion
Does this mean that making the right dietary choices can affect when one will go through menopause?
Perhaps, but not necessarily. Women who eat healthier may also live healthier lifestyles which could contribute to this as well.
Does this mean that these dietary choices can effect how long a woman will remain fertile?
While it certainly makes sense that dietary changes which delay when a woman runs out eggs should affect the quality of the ones that are left, this research does not address that issue.