PCOS Diet – Foods to Avoid and Foods to Embrace With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Many, but not all, women with PCOS also have insulin resistance. Also, it is thought that PCOS is closely associated with irregularities in glucose metabolism, even if insulin resistance is not present. So, any PCOS diet would be incomplete if it did not consider the management of blood sugar and insulin levels.

Insulin is responsible for the way in which carbohydrates are broken down in the body and how they are stored. They can either be moved into the muscles to be used as energy or they can be turned into fat, to be used later.

When women become resistant to insulin, they need more and more insulin to manage any sugar in their blood. This leads to an increase in androgen (male hormone) production. Too many of these male hormones lead to many of the symptoms of PCOS, including: hair loss, excess hair growth, acne, weight gain and an irregular menstrual cycle.

There are many different foods that impact on insulin levels, not just carbohydrates. Also, it is important to look at what…

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