I don't mean to disagree with Becky, but I am diabetic, and the solution for PCOS seems to be the same as it is for diabetes.. cut carbs.
However, the same as for diabetes, the recommendation is only to cut down to 40 %, and manage a disease, and while I won't say you can "cure " these diseases, you can do a lot better, at a lower carb ratio.
If 40-45% works for you... Great! You will enjoy all the carbs. Lower carb is harder to do. The problem is, is it enough to drop to 40 % carbs, and if not, what then?
I find that for my diabetes, and to keep my blood sugars low, I need to eat 5-10 % carbs, and high fat ( 65 % ). Since, as far as I can tell PCOS, and diabetes are closely linked, and caused by Insulin resistance, the same diet that helps with diabetes, will help with PCOS. This is why our dietitian is recommending the diabetic diet for PCOS, which makes sense.
The problem many diabetics have, and would be shared by those with PCOS is that 40 % carbs is often not low enough. You need to stop and ask, what is the goal? My doctor wanted me to get below 7.0 Hemoglobin A1C, and I almost got there on the diabetic diet. I was still 330 after 7 years on the diet ( 30 lbs lost ), but it was working too slowly, so I made a change.
Fifty seven months ago, I started Atkins, and have lost another 140 lbs, and my Hemoglobin A1C is 5.1-5.4 with no effort, and no cravings for food. I eat 3 meals a day, totaling 2000 calories, and lose weight weekly, and have been off my diabetes meds for over 3.5 years now.
Personally, when I cycle up to 60-70 grams of carbs daily, I have been able to eat lima beans, kidney beans, and peas, so I can understand Becky saying not to just toss out all the starchy vegetables, but I chose to eliminate them for years, because I wanted to achieve a normal blood sugar, not just okay. I decided that moderate blood sugars, still left me vulnerable to kidney dialysis, amputations, and going blind, if left unchecked.
These things may still happen, but at least if they do, I know I did everything possible to prevent them. What you need to ask yourself is how low do you want your blood sugars? How low in carbs would you go to achieve that? Will 40 % carbs lower it enough to get rid of the PCOS?
If you cut carbs to 40 % and a year from now, you still have PCOS, you really just wasted a year. If you cut down to 5-10 % carbs, and find that you are pretty tolerant of carbs, you may be able to increase back up to 20 %, 30 %, or even 40 %, but at least you didn't shoot too low, and miss the mark.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 1/31/2014 (10:50)
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