Posted by: PCOS | 2009-01-14

Diet for PCOS

Hi, I have been recently diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries and i wud like help on how to have a low carb diet, what shud i eat and what shudnt i. The doc just told me to try not to eat so much bread and refined sugar. Im finding it difficult as i dont no what is not good.
Pls help!

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Patients with PCOS do not need to stop eating bread, but it is important for you to start eating a diet with a low glycaemic index (GI) because PCOS is usually associated with insulin resistance. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance (IR) to consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your IR, medications and other conditions such as overweight and the PCOS, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels, so start doing an aerobic exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life).
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