House Calls

SPR 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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h o u s e c a l l s { spring 2018 } 13 Trying for a Baby? A new study finds that couples hoping to conceive may want to kick the soda can B y now, it's common knowledge that drinking Coke, Mountain Dew, and other sodas can lead to weight gain and wreak havoc on our dental health. But did you know that the sweet stuff could also lower your chance of having a child? Researchers at Boston University School of Public Health conducted a study involving 3,828 American and Canadian women between of the ages of 21 and 45 and 1,045 of their partners and found daily consumption of one or more sugar- sweetened beverages to be linked with a reduced chance of getting pregnant, even after controlling for other lifestyle factors that can affect fertility, such as obesity, diet, smoking, and alcohol use. Participants shared information about their medical history, lifestyle habits, and intake of sugary beverages via an online survey, then reported bimonthly on whether or not they had conceived during the previous month. Women who drank at least one soda per day had a 25 percent lower chance of getting pregnant than those who avoided the sugar-sweetened beverages; among men, daily consumption was associated with a 33 percent lower probability of their partner getting pregnant within a single menstrual cycle. These findings serve as yet another incentive to ditch the can, say researchers.

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