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PCOS: Atkins diet and menstrusation...and hair?

Discussion in 'PCOS Community' started by dawig, May 31, 2010.

  1. dawig

    dawig Guest

    I've had PCOS for more than a decade and my periods have often stopped for long periods of time. Most recently, it's been more than a year. I'm on day 6 of the Atkins (low-carb) diet and voila -- period started. I poked around online and see that several fertility specialists recommend low-carb diets for PCOS patients because insulin can impact hormones and ovulation, etc. I'm sick of eating eggs and really want some fruit (no fruit during first two weeks of this diet), but I'd love it if a diet could lessen some symptoms.
    I wondered if anyone here has had any experience with how a low-carb diets and how they may or may not impact hair loss?
  2. Besides the hormonal aspect (very interesting, BTW) something that comes to mind is that carbs turn to sugar and therefore feed Candida. A low carb diet would help fight off Candida. And Candida is linked to hair loss. (As an aside: Biotin also helps kill off Candida, and is supposed to help hair and nail growth.) Don't know if you think Candida overgrowth might be an issue for you, but it's worth thinking about.

    Anyway, just rambling off the top of my head here. I do think that low sugar and low carb can only help though, with general health and well-being and possibly hair loss.

    Good luck keeping with the diet!
  3. SabrinaLouise

    SabrinaLouise Senior Member

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    Immortal (of Immortalhair.org) says PCOS is a problem that arises due to a lack of Progesterone. I found this that would back that up. If you are not already on natural USP Progesterone cream, it may be something worth looking into. I know P cream straightened out my period problems--went from 40 day cycles, and then as things got worse, 50-60 day cycles, down to regular 30 day cycles pretty quickly with supplementation with P. I believe too that diet helps a lot. I also read that N-aceytl-cysteine can help bring down androgen levels. Good job on your diet :) I am glad for you :)

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