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Ketogenic Diets and Infertility

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The Ketogenic Diets and Infertility require 70-80% of calories from fat, 15-25% of calories from protein and only 5-10% of calories from carbohydrates, it is both controversial and risky.⁠

As a woman embarks on the path to motherhood, she should be nourishing her body–not inducing a state of metabolic starvation like ketosis. In contrast to the keto diet, a “fertility-friendly” diet is nutrient-dense and has a low-glycemic index. ⁠

It is important to focus on incorporating protein and healthy fats and eliminating processed carbohydrates and added sugars, it is equally important to balance your diet with nutritious fruits, starchy vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. These healthy carbohydrates provide essential micronutrients to naturally promote fertility.⁠

Reducing carbohydrate intake can reduce circulating insulin levels, improve hormonal imbalance and result in a resumption of ovulation to improve #pregnancy rates.⁠

Low carbohydrate diets can help to optimize fertility in some clinical groups, particularly for overweight and obese women with PCOS. ⁠

However, it is not clear how low in carbohydrates the Ketogenic Diets and Infertility should be or how long the diet should be maintained for optimal fertility outcomes. There has been a lack of research on the benefit of low carbohydrate diets for non-PCOS-related infertile women. More research is needed! ⁠

Nutrients. 2017 Mar; 9(3): 204.⁠

Published online 2017 Feb 27. doi: 10.3390/nu9030204⁠

PMCID: PMC5372867⁠

PMID: 28264433⁠

The Effect of Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diets and Infertility Hormones and Outcomes in Overweight and Obese Women: A Systematic Review⁠