Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, often experience irregular menstrual periods, infertility, insulin resistance, overweight, elevated cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. Higher levels of male hormones circulating in the body may contribute to symptoms such as acne and hairiness. The causes and treatment of PCOS remain confusing.
A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates may be beneficial for these women. The subjects in this trial were assigned to either a high protein diet, getting 40 percent of their calories from protein, or a standard diet in which 15 percent of the calories were from protein. Those on the high-protein diet lost more weight, decreased their waist circumference and controlled their blood sugar levels better. The investigators conclude that replacing carbs with protein could be helpful for women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
[American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan. 2012]

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  1. Karen

    They might have lost even more if they had followed a high fat, low carb diet, which is what Atkins et al really are.
    Sigh. Fat has a bad rap.
    +1 for the poster above that wishes there were a way to follow the development of a conversation on this site without necessarily having to post.

  2. HJL

    I am an Atkins advocate which is basically a higher protein low carb approach.
    This study is remarkable because subjects in both of the groups studied were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. Even w/o calorie restriction, the high protein group lost significant weight over a 6 month period and had significant waist size reduction.
    Women who want to lose weight should take notice (and men too).

  3. DS

    This diet would help a LOT of women, not just those with PCOS.
    The main reason I am commenting is that I wanted to read what other people say and I don’t know how to find out unless I comment myself and then check the box to be notified when follow-up comments are posted.

  4. Paul43

    Those Ka-bobs sure look good–to bad I am a vegan.

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