"A majority of patients with PCOS have insulin resistance and/or are obese. Their elevated insulin levels contribute to or cause the abnormalities seen in the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis that lead to PCOS."
Listen to Michael D. Fox, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at the Jacksonville (Florida) Center for Reproductive Medicine, describe his experience treating this disorder with a meat-based, carbohydrate-restricted, practically paleo, primal diet:
What did he say?
"We really believe that the fertility diet so to speak is a low-carb diet. We really encourage our patients to get down to zero carbs."
To Fox, this means eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, low-carb dairy (butter, heavy cream), and vegetables. He follows a diet including "almost no carbs." He feels "stronger at age fifty than at age thirty five."
What about fats?
"We definitely think saturated fat is probably the best fat for humans."
To reiterate his results:
Before using carbohydrate-restriction, 40-50% of his patients got pregnant using drug therapy, and the remainder had to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to get pregnant.
After incorporating the primal diet approach, "almost none" of his patients need IVF to get pregnant.
This exemplifies bottom-up knowledge arising from practice, as opposed to the top-down knowledge arising from the ivory towers of academia. Fox doesn't put women on high-fat, low-carb diets for only five days, checking on surrogate end-points like transient and minor alterations in cellular metabolism or blood levels of various lipids so he can "prove" something about high-fat diets. He guides them to eat meat-based practically paleo diets for long periods of time and looks for the end-point that matters: pregnancy in this case.
Know someone with PCOS? Share this with them: Sugar is poison, meat is medicine.