New research found Vitamin E deficiency may be linked to an increased risk of miscarriage among women who are pregnant. Published findings suggest improving diet or encouraging supplementation of Vitamin E may directly impact fertility.
Data from over 1600 rural Bangladeshi women who were pregnant were analyzed. Blood samples were taken at the onset of the first trimester of pregnancy. Miscarriages if any were recorded weekly after that. Over 8.8% of the women who participated in the study miscarried. Almost 3 out of 4 women in the study were considered to have a Vitamin E deficiency (low alpha-tocopherol levels). When looking at alpha-tocopherol levels in the blood only 5.2% of women, who had adequate levels of this form of Vitamin E, miscarried when compared to 10.2% of women whose alpha-tocopherol levels were considered to be low.
Further studies of women from higher income nations who tend to have better nutritional profiles are needed to see if these correlations hold true.
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