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Control PCOS Symptoms with Diet

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a common disorder suffered by women of reproductive age. It is serious and can manifest itself into a major medical condition if not treated properly.


PCOS affected women have a vicious cycle of hormone imbalance going on inside their systems. Levels of hormones like androgens, insulin, luteinising, etc. are raging in women with PCOS. It is important to modify the lifestyle and make some healthy changes in your diet in order to minimize the hormonal imbalance and to restore good health.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects as many as 5% to 10% of women during reproductive age. For any menstruating woman, it is important to understand PCOS symptoms in order to get timely diagnosis and treatment if she has the disorder. As many as 20% of affected women do not show any visible PCOS symptoms.

The imbalances and irregularities in the body functions of women with PCOS pose some serious health risks. These women are at an increased risk of developing more serious health problems. It is important to understand the consequences and take preventive measure wherever possible.

Letís talk about some of the more obvious conditions:

∑†††††††† Regular menstrual periods help shed the endometrial build up in the uterus of women. In PCOS patients, due to irregularity or inadequacy of menstrual bleeding the endometrial lining is not shed properly leading to excessive buildup. This increases the risk of developing endometrial cancer.

∑†††††††† Women with PCOS are at high risk of developing diabetes. Research has shown that around 40% of women with PCOS develop some form of insulin intolerance or diabetes by the age of 40.

∑†††††††† Increased levels of testosterone can disturb the lipid profile. This can have adverse effects on the fat levels in the bloodstream and the HDL (good cholesterol) level can decrease while the LDL (bad cholesterol) level can go up. Women with PCOS have high levels of testosterone. This condition has shown to increase their risk of developing sleep apnea.

Studies have suggested that eating smaller meals at regular intervals (5-7 daily) help manage weight and general health. Eating a healthier breakfast as the biggest meal of the day and eating smaller and lighter lunch and dinner meals also aids digestion and helps manage insulin and androgen levels.

If allowed to flourish unchecked PCOS can be a devastating affliction, but following a few simple dietary guidelines and leading an active life with some kind of exercise at least 3 to 5 times a week will go a long way in helping affected women manage their PCOS.

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