PCOS Diet: Do’s & Don’ts For Managing PCOS

When it comes to managing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), nutrition plays an important role.  Managing PCOS through diet is not about deprivation or sacrificing flavor. It’s about finding joy in eating while nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive. By following some simple do’s and don’ts you can learn how to fuel your body with nutritious and delicious food that can help to manage PCOS.

Why Diet Matters

Women with PCOS often experience what is called insulin resistance, meaning that the body’s cells don’t respond as well to insulin as they should. This can lead to elevated blood sugar levels, which in turn can exacerbate PCOS symptoms. Diet can play a powerful role in improving insulin sensitivity. Multiple studies have been conducted on the role of diet and PCOS, all of which confirm the positive effects that healthy nutrition can have on weight loss and PCOS.

By choosing foods that don’t cause blood sugar spikes, you can help your body to use insulin more effectively. This can lead to a number of benefits, including weight loss, improved hormone balance, and reduced inflammation. When it comes to diet, there is no one-size-fits-all rule. It’s important to be weary of any social media post or article that recommends a fad diet. What’s most important is finding an approach that is sustainable and fits your lifestyle. That said, there are some general guidelines for foods that can help support the management of PCOS.



In addition to following a healthy diet, it is also important to get regular exercise. Exercise helps to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. According to international PCOS guidelines, it’s best to aim for 150 min per week of moderate-intensity exercise, 75 min per week of intense exercise, or a combination of both if you are average weight. If you are overweight or obese, guidelines suggest aiming for 50 min per week of moderate-intensity exercise, 150 min per week of intense exercise, or an equal combination of both.

Of course, diet is just one piece of the PCOS puzzle, but it’s an important one. By making smart choices about what you eat, you can help to take control of your symptoms and live a healthier, happier life. As PCOS is a lifelong condition, it’s important to keep up with regular gynecologic exams and check-ins with your Axia Women’s Health provider.

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