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Cooper, Glinda S.; Hulka, Barbara S.; Baird, Donna D.; Savitz, David A.; Hughes, Claude L., Jr.; Weinberg, Clarice R.; Coleman, Rosalind A.; & Shields, J. M. (1994). Galactose Consumption, Metabolism, and Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Concentrations in Women of Late Reproductive Age. Fertility and Sterility, 62(6), 1168-1175.


OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that high galactose consumption and low activity of galactose-1-phosphate uridyl transferase (transferase) is associated with early ovarian senescence among nongalactosemic women.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. Data collection consisted of a self-administered questionnaire with sections on diet (food frequency data to measure galactose consumption), reproductive, and medical histories. One blood sample was collected to measure FSH and transferase activity; FSH was used as a measure of ovarian senescence. Among women who were having menstrual periods at least every 8 weeks, the blood sample was drawn in the early follicular phase (days 2 to 4) of a menstrual cycle.
PARTICIPANTS: Two hundred ninety-five women volunteers ages 38 to 49 years who had not had a hysterectomy or oophorectomy were recruited through posters and advertisements.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Serum FSH concentrations.
RESULTS: Controlling for age, smoking, and body mass, transferase activity and FSH were unrelated. However, FSH levels were 29% higher (95% confidence intervals, 9% to 52%) among women who reported consuming > or = 6 g galactose/d.
CONCLUSION: These data do not support the hypothesis that low transferase activity represents a genetic predisposition for early ovarian senescence, as measured by FSH levels in women ages 38 to 49 years. However, the hypothesized positive association between galactose consumption and FSH was supported.


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Fertility and Sterility


Cooper, Glinda S.
Hulka, Barbara S.
Baird, Donna D.
Savitz, David A.
Hughes, Claude L., Jr.
Weinberg, Clarice R.
Coleman, Rosalind A.
Shields, J. M.