By Sherazade Khan
If you’re one of the many women suffering from PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, then you’ve come to the right place! The condition which results in hormonal imbalances in the body is widespread in Pakistan. It sometimes results in cysts on the ovaries but their presence isn’t always necessary for a diagnosis
Could you be a silent sufferer? If you’ve got a few of the symptoms listed below, then it’s best to see your gynae.
- Irregular periods
- Missed or absent periods
- Extremely painful periods
- Excessive hair on the face or body
- Weight gain that you are unable to control
- Difficulty conceiving
Here’s a natural way to treat PCOS
Recently, there’s been a lot of hype around the ketogenic diet, better known as Keto, which is very low in carbs and turns your body into a lean, mean, fat burning machine! Studies show, that the diet promotes weight loss and lowers insulin levels, which helps beat PCOS.
How does it work?
PCOS and weight gain go hand in hand, and when that happens insulin resistance automatically goes up. That in turn increases the risk for Type II diabetes along with other metabolic conditions. High insulin levels throw sex hormones out of whack which worsens PCOS.
A vicious cycle if we’ve ever seen one!
The hunger hormone, ghrelin, is irregular in women suffering from this condition, which means their appetite is often insatiable.
When you start on a low-carb diet, your protein intake is automatically higher which works well for fat loss and in lowering the appetite. Keto is a high-fat diet that produces ketones in the body, which fuel us throughout the day rather than the alternate source of energy: carbs.
You lose weight, lower your insulin levels and lessen your appetite which all helps keep PCOS under control.
Is there any proof?
According to Diet vs Disease, “In a small study of 5 women with PCOS, a ketogenic diet reduced body weight by an average of 12% after 24 weeks. There was also significant improvements in PCOS hormones, and a 54% reduction in fasting insulin levels.”
So, what’s the catch?
It’s incredibly hard to stick with a low-carb diet like the keto diet, so if you’ve got the will to carry on, we’re willing to bet you’ll see considerable improvement in your condition.
If you decide to give the keto diet a go, make sure to check with your doctor first, especially if you’re on any medication.