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Dietary changes and weight loss have been shown to have profound effects on the symptoms of PCOS. Research has indicated that even modest weight loss improves insulin sensitivity, menstrual-cycle regularity, and fertility; increases SHBG; and decreases circulating androgens.77 In addition, weight loss has been shown to decrease ovarian volume, number of follicles, and spontaneous abortion rates.78

Dietary changes can affect blood-sugar control and weight loss. Diets focused on low-glycemic-index carbohydrates, low saturated fats, and high fiber have benefited women with

Figure 29-2. Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens).

PCOS.79 Fasting and postprandial insulin levels were improved in women with PCOS on a moderately low carbohydrate diet.80 Another study with women with PCOS showed that a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet for six months led to a decrease in fasting insulin levels, percent of free testosterone, LH=FSH ratio, and weight.81 Diets high in fiber have been shown to decrease insulin resistance in overweight or obese women as well as in healthy adults.82,83

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