New research suggests that infertility caused by a common hormonal disorder could be treated with a simple change in diet.
Researchers at The University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney have discovered that they can reverse the effects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in mice, by switching them to a Mediterranean diet.
PCOS is an endocrine condition that affects more than ten per cent of women worldwide and can result in infertility.
The diet which consists of low protein, and medium carbohydrate and fat intake, enabled some of the mice to successfully ovulate.
“This is an exciting result because it has the potential to restore ovulation in women suffering from PCOS without the use of drugs,” said UNSW’s Adjunct Associate Professor Kirsty Walters.
“Although we will need to test the effects of this diet on women with PCOS in future studies, I think our latest research is a stepping-stone towards which diets we should explore further,” Associate Professor Kirsty Walters said.
The researchers say that the next step would be a clinical study to examine whether a Mediterranean diet has benefits for women with PCOS.
(The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. Please see your medical professional for information tailored to your personal circumstances.)
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