Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is of clinical and public health importance, affecting up to one in five women of reproductive age. It has significant and diverse clinical implications including reproductive, metabolic, and psychological features.
This new study of 100 overweight/obese PCOS women showed that a 7% weight loss on an anti-inflammatory diet (Mediterranean diet that encouraged lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish twice per week, low fat dairy – yes, did include dairy – spices, and green tea), along with 30 minutes of exercise daily, including some sit-ups, resulted in a 63% regain of menstrual cycles and 12% spontaneous pregnancy rate within 12 weeks. Participants were also encouraged to eat smaller amounts every three hours and eat low GI foods (whole foods carbs in place of refined carbs and sweets). Pretty impressive results for a three month intervention.
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