Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD)


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD)

PCOD is a condition that prevents the Ovaries from working properly.

Causes of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD)

  • Hereditary.
  • Having a family history of Type-2 Diabetes.Abnormal hormonal levels.
  • Excess weight & Fat.

Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD)

Include: 
  • Absent irregular periods. 
  • Reduced fertility.
  • Acne.
  • Weight Problems.
  • Thinnig hair.
  • Excess body hair on the face, forearms, lower legs, around the nipples & Lower abdomen (Hirsutism).
  • Miscarriage as women suffering from PCOS usually have a raised levels of the luteinising hormone.
  • Weight gain as cells are resistant to the insulin controlling sugar levels , this means the sugar isn't used properly & is stored as fat instead.

Long-term Risks of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD)

  • Type-2 Diabetes.
  • Sleep Apnoea.
  • High Blood Pressure.
  • High Cholesterol.
  • Mood Swings.
  • Depression.

Solutions to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD)

Diet: A nutritious Diet will help to reduce the risk of developing symptoms of PCOS, including weight management & Helping to regulate Insulin Levels.

Fruits are vital in providing the body with the nutrients needed to combat the symptoms of PCOS. If concerned about the rise in blood sugar & insulin levels caused by fruit, enjoy a handful of seeds or nuts as aside snack.

The protein in the seeds can help regulate the rising glucose levels. Increase vegetable intake for fiber, minerals & antioxidants. Opt for Complex carbohydrates & healthy fats.

Unsaturated fats are essential in managing the symptoms of PCOS. Essential fatty acids ( EFAs) are vital in PCOS as they help to maintain cell wall, which absorbs the nutrients we need. EFAs also help to re-balance hormones, manage weight & can help Fertility.

Magnesium rich foods are also important to include. This is because a deficiency in Magnesium has been linked with an increased risk of Insulin resistance. Dark, leafy vegetables, Nuts, seeds will give you magnesium.

Smaller, more frequent meals to help control blood glucose levels.

Have balanced meals including carbohydrates, protein & fat.

Daily one hour walk.

Limit sugars & enriched carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates take longer than enriched carbohydrates to digest & absorb .

Eat protein & fat with every meal or snack . Protein has a effect on the sugar released from carbohydrates into the blood.
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