PCOS and diet


Because insulin resistance has been identified as an underlying cause of PCOS, it is important to avoid foods that increase the body’s insulin resistance if you are trying to control the symptoms of PCOS. Some people have experienced a reverse in some of the effects of PCOS by adhering to a more restricted diet.

Low carbs

A diet that is low in carbohydrates will help PCOS patients lower their bmi (body mass index). For many, being overweight is a side effect of the PCOS. As many as 50-60% of women diagnosed with PCOS are obese. Medical research has shown that by lowering weight only 5%, a woman can decrease insulin levels, stabilize menstrual cycles, and improve acne – all common side effects of PCOS.

Keep insulin production low

To control PCOS and lose weight, avoid the following foods which increase insulin levels the most:

Super sweets. Refined sugar causes elevated levels of insulin and quick weight gain. Avoid desserts, cookies and candy since they contain large quantities of sugar.

Soft Drinks. Sport drinks, soft drinks and even juices have high sugar content will increase your insulin level.

White bread. White breads of all types have a high glycemic index, which increases insulin levels. Replace white breads with unprocessed, whole grains in moderation. You can even eliminate breads altogether and get grains from other areas in your diet.

White rice. Eliminate white rice in favor of brown rice or any other non-white variety. These are much lower on the glycemic index.

Watch the carb intake

A diet that decreases carbohydrates to 40% or less of total intake is recommended. Watch the carb quantity when reading labels on food products.


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