Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Disease (PCOS or PCOD) is the modern day nightmare for 1 in 10 women in India. For many unknown causes, apart from heredity, female reproductive system can malfunction at the ovaries and this leads to PCOD. Susan M Simrans, in her article in Dec 2013, correctly summarises the many problems of PCOD- masculine type facial hair, unpredictable menstrual cycle, hormonal imbalances, delayed or troubled pregnancy and childbirth issues.
Obesity and PCOS
If you are a little heavy weight person and suffering from PCOS, you must have observed that your periods are more irregular than your under/ normal weight friend with PCOS. Furthermore, as indicated by Richard Legro in his manuscript dated Oct 2012, obese females are prone to higher male dominating features of PCOD, like facial hair growth and elevated testosterone levels. This is because obesity triggers your hormones involved in this disorder to malfunction more rapidly. The most dangerous effect of being obese in PCOD is that you are more inclined towards getting the Dreadful D- Diabetes (Jeanes YM et al, June 2017)!
Your doctor must have implied the need of weight loss for better hormonal control. If she hasn’t, well, better change your doctor along with your diet!
The MIRACLE Diet for PCOS
Sorry. There is no such thing. One single miraculous diet does not exist. Please do not fall prey to these marketing gimmicks. Just like your food likes and dislikes differ from the person next to you, your diet plan will differ too. Having said that, every weight loss diet has a few fundamental rules- the deal breakers. These form the base of your weight loss regime and your diet plans become the continuum. Today, this blog aims at providing a little insight on these fundamental deal breakers which will help you move towards your weight loss goal with ease, thereby becoming thin and becoming free from PCOS signs and symptoms.
Diabetes and PCOS
Most practitioners prefer to give Metformin, the anti- diabetic drug, along with regular PCOD medication. This has multiple benefits like keeping diabetes from setting in or maintaining/ reducing elevated blood sugar levels and also helping in reducing weight. One should regularly undergo diabetic screening and keep this major problem at bay with proper diet, lifestyle and medication.