Diet for controlling PCOS

All Woman

Dear Donovan,
I have PCOS and I would like to know what foods are good to eat for a healthier me.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder which affects women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS produce a larger amount than normal male hormones (androgens). This results in a number of symptoms which include the ovaries developing a number of small, fluid-filled follicles; difficulty getting pregnant; excessive hair growth, especially on face; weight gain; and oily skin or acne.

In addition, PCOS puts a woman at increased risk for other health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The cause of PCOS is unknown; however, some researchers believe that genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of PCOS. However, it is noticeable that the symptoms of PCOS tend to run in families.

If you are overweight, losing weight and eating a healthy, balanced diet can make some symptoms better. Women with PCOS usually find it more difficult to lose weight, but weight loss can be very important for controlling the symptoms of PCOS.

It would have been good if you had given me an idea of your present food intake or if you told me if you are exercising. That aside, PCOS in general can be controlled by losing weight. In general, in order to lose weight you will have to reduce your food/calorie intake and increase your calorie burning process, such as by exercising. Also, you could reduce or eliminate from your diet sugary and fried foods as well as starchy carbohydrates such as white rice and flour.

In addition, you should increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, vegetable juices and whole grains. Meals such as soups, salads and shakes could also be helpful. Overall, the aim is to make sure your calorie intake is less now than what it was before.

It might also be helpful to do a four to five days detox programme. Also, doing regular exercises will help you to lose weight as well as reduce stress. Overall, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will be key to controlling your PCOS.

Good luck.

We will answer your weight-related questions

Are you struggling to lose weight or just need some advice on living a healthier life? Tell us about your health issues and we'll have nutritionist and wellness coach Donovan Grant answer them for you. Grant has over 12 years' experience in the fitness industry and is the owner of DG's Nutrition and Wellness Centre, 39 Lady Musgrave Road. Call him at 876-286-1363. E-mail questions to allwoman@jamaicaobserver.com.

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