As a woman ages, there are different events that she would experience. One of these is ovarian aging. Learn more about ovarian aging and how to slow it down.
A stage in a woman’s life that affects her fertility is ovarian aging. A natural decline in the quantity and quality of eggs occurs. Unlike any other tissues in the body, the ovarian tissues are more sensitive to aging. As it experiences aging, the quantity and the quality of the follicles are affected.
As ovarian function declines, the secretion of estrogen is also affected. This may lead to multiple organ dysfunction, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, and senile dementia.
Naturally, a woman is born with one to two million follicles, but it depletes as she grows older. This leads to menopause. However, some young women experience earlier ovarian aging. This is known as premature ovarian aging (POA).
POA happens because of various reasons. It can be because of specific genetic mutations, radiation exposure, and unhealthy lifestyle choices. The good news is, a woman can slow down the aging of her ovary naturally.
Factors that Contribute to Ovarian Aging
Smoking is one of the factors that speed ovarian aging.
There are different reasons why ovarian aging speedily occurs in other women. One of them is the genetic influences in ovarian reserve. This is possible if the family has a history of early menopause, has trisomy 21, or other conditions affecting the X chromosomes.
Aside from that, autoimmune factors can also be reasons. Some of these are autoimmune orders such as thyroid autoimmunity. These kinds of conditions affect the ovarian reserves. A health history will help you detect if this is the cause.
Environment and lifestyle choices also have adverse effects on one’s ovary, such as smoking, chemotherapy, pelvic surgery, and some pelvic diseases. Changing lifestyles would help mitigate and avoid fast ovarian aging.
Another cause is oxidative stress, as postulated by Denham Harman during the middle of the last century. According to him, oxidative stress leads to changes in the ovarian environment. It results in a decrease in ovarian reserve.
Ways to Slow Down Ovarian Aging Naturally
Boost your intake of B vitamins
Spinach is a leafy vegetable that is rich in B vitamins.
The food of the cell is called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATPs are like the battery power of the body that boosts the energy of the cells. Healthy cells lead to healthy tissues and healthy body organs. The elevate your ATP, you must consume more B vitamins. They help in converting food energy to cell energy.
Some of the foods that are rich in B vitamins are dark green vegetables such as spinach and kale, citrus fruits like oranges, clementines, and lemons, and seafood.
Consuming foods that are rich in vitamin C helps prevents ovarian aging.
Anti-oxidants are used to prevent ovarian aging. Here are some anti-oxidants that you could take to slow down the aging of your ovary:
Restricting calories in the diet
Restricting calories in your diet improves cellular and physiological metabolism.
Studies revealed that the improvement of cellular and physiological metabolism leads to the prevention of ovarian aging. Calories reduction is one of the approaches to do this.
Limiting the calories in the diet reduces insulin, blood glucose, and increases glucose sensitivity. Aside from this, the enzymes involved in the process have also simulated the effect on delaying aging.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM