Low Carb Diet May Improve Reproductive Health in Women with PCOS
Study findings published in Fertility & Sterility (March 2006) showed that dietary management during PCOS treatment might improve fertility problems and help with reproductive health in women. Dr. Chystal Douglas at the University of Alabama at Birmingham put women with PCOS between the ages 19 and 42 on three different diets for 16-day periods. The first diet regimen consisted of a regular diet, then an enriched mono saturated fatty acid diet and last a reduced carbohydrate diet with about 43% carbs, 45% fat and 12% protein. Results indicated that a diet reduced in carbohydrates may lead to decreased insulin production which over time, can improve reproductive health in women with PCOS.