Food in early life affects fertility, research suggests

Reproductive health news from Science Daily.

The reproductive success of men and women is influenced by the food they receive at an early stage in life, according to new fertility research by the University of Sheffield.

The research, which was published online December 17, 2010 in the journal Ecology, is the first study of its kind to show that early life food can have a serious influence on the life-long fertility of individuals.

The research team, led by Dr Ian Rickard from the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University, used a combination of church record data on births in 18th century Finland and agricultural data on crop yields of rye and barley from the same time and place.

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Food in early life affects fertility, study suggests

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