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Red Meat May Increase Endometriosis Risk

Endometriosis affects about 10% of women of reproductive age. This presence of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus causes inflammation and leads to the formation of scars and adhesions. Symptoms include chronic pelvic pain and infertility. Diet may influence endometriosis risk through its influence on steroidal hormones. In fact, in a large study of premenopausal US nurses, it was found that consumption of both processed and non-processed red meat was associated with an increased risk of laparoscopically-confirmed endometriosis. Intakes of poultry, fish, shellfish, and eggs were unrelated to endometriosis risk.



Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Aug;219(2):178.

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