PCOS

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About Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): 

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.

Causes of PCOS: 

The exact causes of PCOS problem cannot be ascertained. Conditions that may result in causing PCOS include but not limited to – body producing excessive insulin, low-grade inflammation that stimulates polycystic ovaries to produce excessive androgenshereditary, etc.  However, if PCOS is treated at early stages risk of long-term complications can be reduced.

Identifying PCOS symptoms: 

There is some evidence that genetics play a role in development of PCOS symptoms. However there are several other factors which may result in causing PCOS and condition of obesity may aggravate PCOS symptoms. Conditions like irregular periods (i.e. infrequent, irregular or prolonged menstrual cycles), produce excess androgens resulting in an excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), and occasionally severe acne and male-pattern baldness and polycystic ovaries which may result in ovaries not functioning properly, are frequent symptoms of PCOS.

Effects of PCOS: 

PCOS if not cured early can result in developing:

• Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, gestational diabetes

• Infertility, miscarriage, pre-mature birth, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure

• high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol levels that significantly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease

• Uterine bleeding and cancer of uterine bleeding

• Breathing issues while sleeping, depression, anxiety and eating disorders

 

Can I get rid of PCOS?

PCOS is a serious medical condition, and it requires proper medical attention or surgical treatment. Many women have PCOD / PCOS but they don’t know it. If diagnosed early and by taking proper precautions risk of long-term complications associated with PCOS can be reduced.

Diet and PCOS: 

Managing PCOS is easy. It’s all about making healthy choices and simple swaps. Adopting healthier food choices, increasing physical activity and making proper changes to lifestyle choices are very important to prevent long-term health concerns linked to PCOS, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Dos and Don’ts: There are some PCOD Do’s and Don’ts comprising of things to adopt and avoid that will help you increase the efficiency of your ongoing PCOS treatment.

Dos:

  1. Swap some high GI foods with low GI options
  2. Adding more of food containing fiber, lean protein and anti-inflammatory foods and spices
  3. Adding more physical activities and exercises
  4. Stress reduction techniques to reduce effects stress generated by PCOS
  5. Speak with your doctor regularly

 

Don’ts:

  1. Smoking and consumption of alcohol
  2. Crash diets and intermittent fasting is not the best one in many cases
  3. Foods with high refined carbohydrates, sweets, aerated drinks, etc
  4. Sleeping less and avoiding exercises
  5. Missing your doctor appointment

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