Are you suffering from excessive acne, oily skin, infertility, diabetes or weight gain? You might have PCOS/PCOD. As scary as that sounds, there’s nothing to worry about! If you can figure out the causes, dealing with PCOS/PCOD is in your hands.
The most important treatment for PCOS/PCOD is working towards a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating and daily exercise.
What is PCOS/PCOD?
PCOS/PCOD are ovary syndrome. It’s the cysts in the ovaries combined with hormonal disturbances like insulin resistance, irregular menstrual cycle, infertility, excess hair and acne and weight gain.
What causes PCOS/PCOD?
PCOS/PCOD are caused by an imbalance in hormones in your brain and ovaries. The other factors that may play a role are:
- Dietary reasons: Eating processed foods (like sweets, fried snacks, packed noodles, pizzas, burgers) and high sugar foods leads to insulin resistance as the basic problem leading to cystic ovaries and thus the whole array of hormonal changes.
- Sedentary lifestyle: Prolonged sitting at work or home, not getting enough exercise. Active lifestyle, healthy diet, gym, running, walk or yoga are all important in treatment and prevention of life style diseases like PCOS. This increases the muscle sensitivity to insulin and helps utilize the food glucose better.
How can you avoid it?
Preventing PCOS/PCOD is possible if you maintain right weight and a healthy lifestyle. Although PCOS cannot be completely avoided, you can prevent them to a certain extent and manage them with sensible measures.
- Healthy food habits: You should have a healthy diet that may include fruits that are low in sugar, vegetables and protein rich food.
- Regular exercise: You should exercise no matter how busy your schedule is. Even half an hour of good intensity workout is sufficient.
- A protein rich diet: Have lean proteins like egg whites, fish, chicken, legumes, and nuts at least 4-5 times a week.
- Limit or quit having junk foods: Finding the right diet to tackle your PCOS is a highly individual and complex process.Try to stick to foods in natural form. Let your body heal before you let go or give into regular cheats.
- Avoid combinations like starch and sugar, starch and oil example fried foods, dense sweets like doughnuts and cakes and pastries.
There’s no cure for PCOS/PCOD, but the symptoms can be treated. Initially, your doctor will put you on medication to tackle your insulin resistance. Usually Medications should help in regulation of periods and help with weight loss, acne and excess unwanted hair. But all this can be avoided just by changing your life style.
To understand the necessity of treating PCOD and PCOS is important because they are associated with long-term health risks. They are related to the development of diabetes, infertility, depression, undue weight gain leading to obesity, loss of hair, and skin issues like permanent scars from acne.
Still have doubts? You can check out our latest video on PCOD.