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Dietary Changes to Help Heal PCOS

a blog by Kathryn Flynn, Fertile Foods, September 27, 2013

PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility. Studies have shown that weight loss, through diet and exercise, as little as 5-10%, can be helpful in restoring fertility*. Simple diet and lifestyle changes can be very effective in helping to treat PCOS.

One of the key steps to healthy weight loss is ensuring your blood sugar levels are in balance. Blood sugar levels get out of control quickly when we exist on a diet that consists mostly of simple carbohydrates and sugar. Consider the consequences of a typical breakfast: a bagel and orange juice. Physiologically our blood sugar spikes notifying our body to release insulin. The insulin’s job is to bring our blood sugar back down. Often times, our blood sugar goes too low requiring our body to release cortisol, a stress hormone, to bring it back up to normal. When this pattern repeats itself continually, we develop what’s called “insulin resistance”. Our body is tired and insulin regulation no longer works well. Physiological feelings include: low energy, resistance to weight loss, “puffiness” and depression.

To regulate blood sugar levels and optimize your weight:

  • Eat frequent meals and snacks throughout the day
  • Combine a protein and carbohydrate at each meal and snack
  • Choose low glycemic foods
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates and simple sugars in white breads, pastas, rice, soda, fruit juices, alcohol, high yam consumption
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Get daily exercise to moderate weight gain (hormones are stored in fat cells)


*Crossignani et al. Overweight and obese anovulatory patients with polycystic ovaries: parallel improvements in anthropometric indices, ovarian physiology and fertility rate induced by diet.


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