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Nutrition for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS strategies and dietary recommendations


An Evidence-Based resource from the Wellness and Cardiovascular Health subunit of SCAN.

Approximately 50-80% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance, a condition in which your body does not respond appropriately to the normal amount of insulin produced by your body. As a result, women with PCOS are at a high risk for developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Changes in diet and lifestyle have been shown to reduce the risk for disease and improve symptoms among women with this condition.

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: PCOS, Insulin Resistance, Weight Management, Cardiovascular Risk

Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” at or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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