A few days back this one young lady wrote chain of tweets which had a few facts about ‘How to deal with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)’. That thread inspired me to write on this topic that I have been procrastinating since quite sometime now. After knowing women who are dealing with this issue since ages now and some who have overcome it by making minor but effective changes in their lifestyle, I thought its time I write about it.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is the abbreviated form of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as the Stein-Leventhal Syndrome. It is one of the most prevalent hormonal endocrine disorders among women, and it affects 1 in 10 women who are at their child-bearing age. It is difficult to diagnose PCOS with just a single test and the symptoms vary from woman to woman. But an early diagnosis of PCOS in important because it increase the risk of other chronic medical conditions and health issues such as insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol level and heart disease.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Obesity and weight gain is a common symptom of PCOS. In this condition, several cysts appear in the ovaries, and they form a pattern like a string of pearls. Women with PCOS may also have high testosterone levels that lead to excessive hair growth, male pattern baldness, and acne and irregular menstrual cycle because the testosterone prevents the ovaries from releasing the egg every month. PCOS is one of the ruling causes of infertility in women, and it comprises 70% of the infertility issues.
Now let’s talk about how some additions in your diet and lifestyle can change things for you…
Right diet and exercise are important parts of managing PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). This is because young women with PCOS often have higher levels of insulin (a hormone) in their blood, and many have trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Knowing the right foods to eat as well as the kinds of food to limit can improve the way you feel. It will also help you lose weight. Eating well, staying active, and maintaining a healthy weight (or losing even a small amount of weight if you’re overweight) can improve PCOS symptoms.
- Fresh fruits or frozen/canned fruit without added sugar, or unsweetened applesauce
- Non–starchy fresh vegetables or frozen/canned vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and carrots
- Whole grains such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, oats, and whole wheat bread
- Super foods like berries, nuts, seeds (Flax seeds) etc. can help too.
- Exercise, do whatever little you can do- Running, jogging, yoga, brisk walk.
I have seen friends who are dealing with this demon since a long time now but for some reason haven’t been able to control it but with some expert opinion, self realization and changes in their lifestyle; they have been able to reduce it if not eliminate it totally.
We don’t realize but even the sweat that comes out, the water we drink, and amount of food we eat also decides a lot of such issues in our body. While exercising if the clothes aren’t able to help us in releasing sweat and doesn’t let our skin breath then that also adds up to other problems. Then multiple issues create multiple problems in our system and that just adds to our misery. Uncomfortable clothing is also a hindrance in the path of fitness, so choosing the right fitness wear is however secondary issue but important.
To stop such issues, we always have organic or sustainable options of fitness wear instead of using the synthetic wear. Deivee is one such brand that have active evaporation and is made out of 100% imported polyester using innovative moisture wicking technology.
But most importantly, be positive, stay happy and don’t feel that you are less or cursed or any random crap that stops you from doing anything that you like. Remember, A healthy mind stays in a healthy body!
Consult your doctor, make changes in your diet, exercise regularly and then no PCOS can stop you from living a healthy and happy life.