Are you struggling to manage you PCOS symptoms? You are not alone!
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine condition in young woman, causing an over production of male hormones, such as testosterone. Symptoms can vary from woman to woman, but can include:
- Excess hair, including facial hair
- Weight-gain (despite many weight loss attempts)
- Insulin resistance/metabolic issues
- Irregular or absent menstrual cycle
- Infertility/fertility issues
Detecting whether you have PCOS?
Blood tests will almost always show higher levels of androgens (male hormones) and insulin resistance, often these results go hand in hand perpetuating the condition. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that enables glucose to enter into cells where it can then be used for energy. However when the body is insulin resistant, higher levels of insulin are required to maintain normal blood sugar levels in the blood, putting increased pressure on the pancreas (and increased risk of developing diabetes type 2). Unfortunately for women suffering with PCOS, these elevated levels of insulin in the blood causes the body to store fat and the ovaries to produce more male hormones, worsening the unpleasant symptoms of PCOS.
At Nutrition for Life we can help women with PCOS manage their symptoms through tailored Low-carb healthy fat (LCHF) nutritional advice.
Managing PCOS with diet...
Studies have proven that the most beneficial diet/eating plan for women with PCOS is one that promotes weight loss and reduces insulin levels
An LCHF diet is an increasingly popular way to manage PCOS symptoms. It limits refined carbohydrates, sugars and processed oils and in doing so reduced the bodies need for insulin, improves insulin sensitivity and increases fat loss with the ability to control or reverse metabolic issues without medication. With decreased levels of insulin within the blood, less androgens (male hormones) are produced and many of the symptoms of PCOS can be reduced and some may even disappear.
By following a low-carb diet you can lower your insulin levels which in turn can balance the hormonal system, enabling a normal menstrual cycle and ovulation. Many women have been able to manage or reverse their PCOS symptoms through an LCHF diet to lose weight and fall pregnant.
What to do next if you have PCOS?
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