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Is the Keto Diet Right For Ladies with PCOS?

keto-diet-chart-foodIf you are in any grocery store or restaurant, chances are you are going to overhear people talking about diets.  There’s the vegan diet, paleo diet, low-carb diet, Atkins, Weight Watchers, and so many more.  But lately we seem to be hearing the word “keto”– a lot.  It seems like everybody is trying to follow this diet that cuts out grains, sugar, and processed foods promising weight loss, lowered insulin resistance, and a myriad of health benefits.  There’s been quite a bit of talk online about the keto diet “curing” or reversing PCOS, so let’s talk about it.

Following the ketogenic diet means eating fats, proteins, and a very small amount of carbs.  Processed foods are cut from the menu as well as processed sugar, sugary fruits, starchy vegetables, and classic diet foods like low-fat products or diet soda.  The goal is, essentially, to get your body using fat for energy instead of carbs and putting your body into a metabolic state called “ketosis.”  There have been plenty of folks who have used the diet to lower their fasting blood sugar/A1C, thus reducing their need for diabetes medication or even taking them out of the pre-diabetic category.

Ladies who suffer from PCOS oftentimes have blood sugar issues or even develop type 2 diabetes down the road.  (It’s not uncommon for women with PCOS to take the medication Metformin to help with insulin resistance.)  Although there is no food or diet that can cure PCOS, dietary changes may significantly reduce problematic symptoms including insulin resistance.  In addition, they may see other side effects like less acne, less oily skin, and weight loss.

We do not promote any diet (especially fad diets!) as cures for gynecological or hormonal issues, but cutting processed sugar, processed foods, and incorporating more whole foods is never a bad idea.  If you follow the keto diet and it helps you, let us know!

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