Can PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) be cured by following a ketogenic diet?



Maybe. There is no cure for PCOS as of now. One thing which can help is lifestyle modifications via diet and physical activities. Also, certain anti-diabetic medications help in improving many metabolic abnormalities, like abnormal cholesterol levels, elevated serum testosterone, and insulin resistance. Dietary and exercise interventions also improve insulin sensitivity.

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate, fat-rich eating plan in which you deprive the body of glucose that is obtained by eating carbohydrate foods. Glucose is the main source of energy, and because of its scarcity, an alternative fuel called ketones is produced from stored fat (thus, the term “keto”-genic).

Normally, lowering insulin levels and controlling insulin resistance, and losing weight have proven to be useful in treating PCOS. So, if with the keto diet, one can control insulin resistance, it might help in reducing PCOS symptoms and complications, like weight, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and infertility.

Keto Diet is known to burn stored fat and reduce insulin. A study has shown “promising results of weight loss in women with PCOS with the keto diet. Four women were followed for six months on a ketogenic diet. All four women lost between 19 and 36 pounds; all four women had a resumption of regular cycles and two women conceived spontaneously.”

Recent studies have shown that “a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet can lead to weight loss and improvements in insulin resistance. Because weight loss and improving insulin resistance may be beneficial for PCOS.”

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