In the words of esteemed Prof. Tim Noakes, “For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” As we commemorate International Day of Action for Women’s Health on May 28th, we spotlight an often-overlooked yet profound issue in women’s health: insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance, a primary driver of chronic metabolic disorders, affects women uniquely. The manifestation of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), an increased risk for gestational diabetes, and the specific challenges of menopause all underscore the significant role of insulin regulation in women’s health(1-2).
Traditional nutritional advice often encourages a ‘balanced diet’, but emerging evidence is shedding light on a different approach. Therapeutic Carbohydrate Restriction (TCR), more colloquially known as the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet, is demonstrating significant potential in managing insulin resistance and improving overall health(3).
Pioneered by Prof. Tim Noakes and a cadre of accomplished medical scientists, TCR fundamentally reframes our understanding of nutritional science. It emphasizes the power of nutrient-dense, low-carbohydrate foods to optimize insulin function, thus effectively combating insulin resistance(3).
Research is increasingly revealing the tangible benefits of TCR in women’s health. One study found that women with PCOS who adhered to a low-carb, ketogenic diet showed significant improvements in weight, free testosterone, LH/FSH ratio, and fasting insulin(2).
On this International Day of Action for Women’s Health, it is more crucial than ever to bring these conversations to the forefront. And not just on this day but every day, because women’s health is a matter of importance each day of the year. The link between insulin resistance and female health conditions provides a compelling call to action for healthcare practitioners and women alike to explore the potential benefits of carbohydrate restriction.
We invite you to join us in this movement. We are committed to educating and inspiring practitioners and enthusiasts through science-based training on Therapeutic Carbohydrate Restriction.
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- Mauvais-Jarvis, F., Clegg, D. J., & Hevener, A. L. (2013). The role of estrogens in control of energy balance and glucose homeostasis. Endocrine Reviews, 34(3), 309-338.
- Mavropoulos, J. C., Yancy, W. S., Hepburn, J., & Westman, E. C. (2005). The effects of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet on the polycystic ovary syndrome: A pilot study. Nutrition & Metabolism, 2(1), 35.
- Noakes, T. (2012). Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career. Zebra Press.