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Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio in Obesity and Health

Is the modern day composition of food impacting our health?
  • Is our general health affected by the altered composition of our food brought about largely by agricultural and farming practices?
  • Is the growing epidemic of obesity not just a function of more calories in?
  • Is the failure to lose weight not as easy as just calorie restriction?
 Are all calories equal?Human beings h...
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Managing infertility in PCOS – lifestyle modifications, clomiphene, letrozole, gonadotropins and IVF.

A cornerstone of managing PCOS is lifestyle modifications. In many women, losing as little as 10% of body weight and maintaining the weight loss can restore normal menstrual patterns. However, weight loss can be challenging for many obese women with PCOS. Other treatments, such as progestogens or birth control pills, are aimed at restoring regular periods and reducing the risks of developing abnormal uterine lining. Some birth control pills and medications such as spironolactone and flutamine, w...
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In PCOS, the inter-relationship between obesity, altered insulin sensitivity, and unbalanced hormones secreted by the ovary is complex, and its nature is still not completely understood. As well as increased obesity around the abdomen, there are also increased numbers of fat cells surrounding the internal organs (“visceral fat”).

Although the cause of PCOS is unknown, abnormalities related to insulin actions are common.

Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to a rising blood sugar level, such as occurs after a meal. In PCOS, due to a decreased sensitivity to insulin action (“insulin resistance”), a higher output of insulin (“hyperinsulinemia”) is required to control normal tissue and blood sugar levels. Eventually, even increased insulin output fails to maintain n...

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Mindfulness and meditation are effective ways in dealing with stress and coping with challenging life events

As part of the original mandate of Grace Fertility Centre to create an integrated approach to infertility, we are launching our Mind Body Program. Mind-body connection is not a new concept, but it will the first for such a program in BC. How can we reduce stresses related to day-to-day living?  What about the psychological impact of infertility and stress on pregnancy outcomes? How can we achieve balance and serenity faced with daily adversities and distractions? These questions and mo...

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In the first of a series of new fertility treatment articles, Dr Anthony Cheung explains Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in women that covers a spectrum of variable features, but is typically characterized by increased male hormones (androgens) and irregular periods, hence, lack of regular ovulation. Doctors may suspect increased androgens because of physical changes such as excessive hair growth, or the increased androgens may be discovered by blood tests. The diagnosis of PCOS is on the proviso that other causes of irregular menstrual periods and elevated andr...

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Grace Fertility Center announces a new Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Clinic.

This September (2014), we are launching a new PCOS Clinic. PCOS is a common condition in women in the reproductive age in which irregular cycles, infertility from no ovulation, acne and hirsutism are frequent presentations. Insulin resistance and compensatory hyperinsulinemia (IR/HA) and weight gain are also common associations.

Women with chronic anovulation are at risk of endometrial hyperplasia which if not corrected, can lead to early precancerous changes. Since the inception o...

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Dr Anthony Cheung weighs-in on Canadian doctors who are considering a policy that would bar obese women from trying to have babies through fertility treatments

Excerpt from 'The Globe and Mail', September 20, 2011

Dr Anthony Cheung weighs-in on Canadian doctors who are considering a policy that would bar obese women from trying to have babies through fertility treatments – provoking debate over whether the fat have the same reproductive rights as the thin.

As the country’s fertility doctors meet in Toronto this week, Dr. Cheung plans to argue that studies also show IVF does not pose unacceptable risks for heav...

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It is no secret that diet has the ability to be both harmful and helpful when it comes to health. So which foods are most important for future fathers to avoid?

It is no secret that diet has the ability to be both harmful and helpful when it comes to health.  So which foods are most important for future fathers to avoid?  And are there any foods that can be added to boost fertility? 

It comes as no surprise to most of us that smoking, alcohol, recreational drugs, environmental toxins (such as dioxins and PCBs) and some medications are damaging to sperm.  Many have also been told that excess heat from hot tubs, hot baths...

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Grace Fertility Centre continues to offer prenatal screening with NIPT (Harmony) as part of the post conception care as test results are available before the end of the first trimester.

NIPT- is a highly sensitive screening method for the common *trisomies (21-  Downs, and 18 and 13) which has been positively embraced widely in early patient obstetric care both in North America and abroad, particularly when combined with **nuchal translucency                              

Based on a maternal blood sample taken around 10.5 weeks, the test is reliant on the screening of fetal DNA found i...

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