Significant Improvements In PCOS Symptoms with the Ketogenic Diet

Significant Improvements In PCOS Symptoms with the Ketogenic Diet

July 26, 2019 0 By William Morgan


PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome,
is the number one leading
cause of infertility
in women in the United States.
About one in 10 women end
up suffering from PCOS.
And in this video I’m going to break down
how a lower carb, ketogenic diet
can actually have some
very powerful effects
when it comes down to reducing
the instances of PCOS,
but also improving fertility
in those that do have PCOS.
Hey, I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo
and today I’m going to give
you the science on how the
ketogenic diet can not only help PCOS,
but can also help you
live a healthy lifestyle
in the first place.
So the high-level overview of
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
is basically where the
ovary creates an egg,
but the egg either stay intact
or doesn’t leave entirely,
or if it does leave,
leaves a sac behind
that can fill with fluid
and ultimately trigger a cyst.
That’s the basic, basic overview.
But in short, this can
trigger a lot of pain
and even worse, it can
trigger infertility.
Which can be absolutely heartbreaking and
devastating for many people.
So if we start looking
at what triggers PCOS,
we can have a better
understanding of how we can start
taking some action to
potentially prevent it,
or help reduce some of the risks that are
associated with it.
So the biggest factors that
play a role are going to be
your hormones and insulin.
Now of course, insulin is
a hormone, but insulin,
being a hormone that can
drive a lot of other hormonal
cascades that truly affect PCOS
in a different kind of way.
You see, the biggest
problem with PCOS is a
high level of what are called androgens.
So we’re talking about testosterone.
We’re talking about some
of these other hormones
that are designed to be in the
female body in small amounts,
but when you start having
larger amounts of them,
for any reason, it can
trigger more cysts to form
and it can trigger more infertility,
and it can trigger even more pain.
But when we look at how insulin is
related to these androgens,
it all starts to make sense.
You see, high levels of insulin cause
the ovaries to slow down.
It can throw off the cycle,
it can throw off a lot
of different things.
So if you have a lot of insulin
that’s impacting the body,
it can therefore make
the ovaries slow down,
which in turn, triggers more
androgens and more
testosterone, believe it or not.
But it doesn’t stop there.
You see, additionally,
what it ends up doing is
insulin causes the ovaries
to produce more testosterone
and androgens when they are functioning.
So even though they’re operating slower,
they’re producing more testosterone.
So you have, sort of,
the double whammy effect,
where you have the
reduction of activity of the
ovaries that’s triggering
this hormonal response,
in conjunction with a little
bit more of a potent effect
when it comes down to producing androgens
in the first place.
Now what ends up happening,
so of course this produces more androgens,
but also decreases the
amount of what is called
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG.)
Sex hormone binding globulin
is a carrier protein that takes
these androgens and carries
them around the human body.
Now normally these
androgens are bound to the
sex hormone binding globulin,
but if you have less sex
hormone binding globulin,
it’s less carrier protein
and more free and available androgens.
Meaning you have more
testosterone and you have
more estrogens that are floating
freely through the body,
not bound to sex hormone binding globulin,
allowing them to trigger
these negative things
that we don’t want,
especially ones that are
associated with PCOS.
So when we look at how the ketogenic diet
really can affect PCOS,
the big part of it has to do
with its effect on insulin.
So by following a ketogenic
or a lower carb diet,
you’re reducing your levels
of insulin dramatically.
So there was a meta analysis that was
published in the European
Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Okay, this meta analysis was a huge study.
It took a look at multiple
different studies that
ended up collectively
leading to 18,555 women.
And what they looked at
was the comparison of
lower carbohydrate diets along with
higher carbohydrate diets.
They found that the
higher carbohydrate diets
led to a 78% increase in
infertility amongst women.
So we know that that
has to do with insulin
and we know that when
you’re on a ketogenic diet,
you, of course, are dramatically
reducing your insulin levels.
So that leads me to another study.
This study was published in the
Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism.
So this study took a look
at 11 women that had PCOS,
and had them consume less than 20 grams of
carbohydrates for six months.
Now, of the five women that
went the entire six months,
it was found that two of them ended up
getting pregnant during this time.
Now, that alone is amazing.
The fact that a couple of
these women were able to
get pregnant when they
otherwise weren’t able to,
when starting a ketogenic
or a low carb diet,
is amazing in and of itself,
but some of the stats
are pretty darn cool too.
There’s an overall 12%
reduction in overall fat mass.
Then there was a 22% reduction
in free testosterone levels.
There was 36% reduction
in the luteinizing hormone
to follicle stimulating hormone ratio,
which means they had less of this
androgenic activity going on.
And then lastly, they had a 54% reduction
in overall insulin levels.
So not only were they improving
a lot of these hormones
and biomarkers, they are
improving their instances of PCOS,
and they were improving their fertility,
showing that a low carb ketogenic diet
has some powerful effects.
So this is where the
Keto-Mojo meter comes in.
You see, the Keto-Mojo
meter allows you to know
when you’re in ketosis.
Allows you to know when you’re reaping the
benefits of a ketogenic diet.
And allows you to know that
you’re on your path to,
hopefully, improving your symptoms.
So by simply using the meter,
it’ll tell you if you’re
in that ketogenic state.
It’ll tell you how deep of
a ketogenic state you’re in.
It’s sort of a way of
gamifying the process
so that you can truly
have a good solid idea
of what is happening inside your body.
So don’t leave it all to guesswork.
You need to be leaving the
measuring to the actual meter,
so you know that you’re doing it right.
So as always, make sure you’re
keeping it locked in here
with Keto-Mojo and I’ll
see you in the next video.