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How to Reverse PCOS with Milk: A Guide for Women of Colour

February 8, 2023

How PCOS is affeted by ilk and other dairy - dark skinned lady drinking from a teacup of ilk - tea pot spilling milk over her head.

Worried that drinking milk might worsen your symptoms of PCOS? Find out if there’s any connection between the two in this guide.

Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) often have different food cravings and dietary needs than other women.

It’s unclear if milk promotes the condition, but studies suggest that limiting dairy intake may help manage PCOS symptoms. In this guide, we’ll discuss whether or not milk is good for PCOS in women of colour.

We will also offer tips on how to eat healthily with PCOS.

Overview of the Connection between Milk and PCOS.

There are currently no concrete scientific studies linking milk consumption to an exacerbated risk of PCOS. However, some research has shown that women with PCOS may find it good to limit dairy intake to manage symptoms like skin conditions and excess hair (hirsutism); and maintain a healthy weight.

Additionally, some anecdotal evidence suggests that eating dairy products may lead to higher levels of the hormone insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which can contribute to symptoms such as unintended weight gain.

Array of dairy products that may affect PCOS including milk, cheese and yoghurt

Does Milk Increase the Risk of PCOS?

Despite the lack of clear scientific evidence, some research does suggest an indirect link between drinking milk and PCOS symptoms.

However, it is important to remember that other dietary factors, such as reducing refined sugars or processed carbohydrates, may have a bigger impact when attempting to manage PCOS symptoms.

It is always best to speak with your doctor or nutritionist before making any drastic changes like restricting dairy from your diet.

Is Dairy Intake Linked to Higher Risk of Symptoms of PCOS

While there is still no conclusive answer to this question, some preliminary research suggests that reducing dairy intake may benefit those looking to manage PCOS symptoms.

For example, a study has shown that when women with PCOS adopted a low-dairy diet, their testosterone levels decreased.

However, more research needs to be conducted to provide definitive answers on the subject.

Lady with PCOS drinking almond milk and Greek yoghurt

How Should Women of Colour with PCOS Modify Their Diet?

People with PCOS should focus on eating a balanced diet that is low in refined and processed carbohydrates, as these can increase levels of inflammation.

Additionally, getting sufficient amounts of fibre from whole grains is important, as this helps reduce insulin levels and could be beneficial for those trying to manage their PCOS symptoms.

Dairy products may also play a role in terms of diet—though the effects are yet to be confirmed—so people with PCOS may want to limit or avoid dairy if possible.

Dairy: The PCOS diet generally recommends avoiding full-fat dairy. Small portions of low-fat, low-lactose dairy products like cottage cheese or Greek yoghurt are usually fine. Consider also trying dairy-free and low-sugar alternatives like almond, rice, or coconut milk.

Other Lifestyle Factors That Can Help Reduce/Manage PCOS Symptoms.

In addition to dietary changes, there are other lifestyle factors that can help reduce PCOS symptoms.

Regular physical activity is important for regulating metabolism, reducing inflammation and controlling insulin levels; research suggests that even just 30 minutes of low-intensity exercise per day can be beneficial for managing PCOS symptoms.

Additionally, mindfulness practices such as yoga or meditation can help reduce stress and manage emotions associated with PCOS, though further research is needed.

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Editing by AskAwayHealth Team


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The advice in our material is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare practitioner’s management of your specific condition.
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