Poly Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition characterized by an imbalance of hormones in women which can affect menstrual periods and ovulation. It is one of the leading causes of infertility in women, although it affects more than just the reproductive system. In its full presentation, a host of systems can be affected. While there is no known cure, PCOS can be managed with medications and lifestyle changes, most notably that of dietary modification and physical fitness.
Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
• Hormonal imbalances, including higher than normal androgens
• Elevated blood pressure
• Irregular or absent menses
• Alopecia, or hair thinning
• Insulin Resistance, or Diabetes
• weight gain, weight loss resistance or obesity
• Abdominal fat accumulation (central tendency weight distribution)
• Eating excessive sweet and kaphagenic foods
• Eating inappropriate foods for digestive capacity: prajnaparadha.
• Long term digestive weakness: mandagni.
• Lack of love
• Lack of contact with inner self
Nutritional Considerations in PCOS
Careful food selection is a very important aspect of PCOS care. Some women with PCOS find success by reducing their total intake of carbohydrates (cereals, breads, pastas) and choosing to eat different types of carbohydrates that are less processed (whole wheat, brown rice, beans). Replacing refined carbohydrate products (white bread, white pasta, cakes, cookies) with whole grains, fruits and vegetables may help to reduce insulin response. You should also eat enough protein to help manage blood sugar levels.
Fitness Considerations in PCOS
According to many studies, women with PCOS can improve their insulin resistance just with moderate activity. Even if you exercise and don’t lose weight, you are still reaping very important health benefits. Exercise has been shown to improve use of insulin and can support dietary interventions to promote weight loss; it is important that the exercise program chosen is enjoyable.