Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) occurs in approximately one in seven women and is the commonest endocrine disorder in women of a reproductive age. This leads to anovulatory cycles (inability to ovulate) in approx. two-thirds of females and consequently may therefore seek treatment for ovulation induction. Women with PCOS are potentially at an increased risk of miscarriage and in pregnancy they are at an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is also associated with obesity, hyperinsulinemia, and insulin resistance. Because low carbohydrate diets have been shown to reduce insulin resistance, the pilot study shown below investigated the six-month metabolic and endocrine effects of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (LCKD) women with PCOS.
Eleven women with a clinical diagnosis of PCOS were recruited from the community. They were instructed to limit their carbohydrate intake to 20 grams or less per day for 24 weeks. Participants returned every two weeks to an outpatient research clinic for measurements and reinforcement of dietary instruction. In the 5 women who completed the study, there were significant reductions from baseline to 24 weeks in body weight (-12%), percent free testosterone (-22%), LH/FSH ratio (-36%), and fasting insulin (-54%). There were non-significant decreases in insulin, glucose, testosterone, HgbA1c, triglyceride, and perceived body hair. Two women became pregnant despite previous infertility problems.
Hence, medicine and going under the knife is not always an answer to everything. I believe lifestyle modification should be the first step to cure a certain disease especially the one like POCS. As seen by this study ketogenic diet has helped these women and it can equally help you. But the question is what is this diet and what does it do?
The keto diet is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrate. This involves eating a lot more fat, often lowering your protein intake and reducing your carbohydrate intake to minimal amounts. On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat. Insulin levels become very low, and fat burning increases dramatically. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off. This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy.
The most important thing for reaching ketosis is to avoid eating too many carbohydrates. You’ll probably need to keep carb intake under 50 grams per day of net carbs, ideally below 20 grams. The fewer carbs, the more effective it will be.
Doing something so simple can be extremely helpful if you suffer from a disease like PCOS. If you have a car and want it to run smoothly, you’ll definitely put in high quality fuel to avoid damaging the engine then why not put in food that your body will like and not only that will make you healthier, leaner and disease free! Click here for more information on how we can help you https://babysteps.ie/health-assessment/
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