While there is no cure for PCOS but small lifestyle changes, a positive attitude and following a proper diet helps in managing it. Women with PCOS should ensure that they keep their stress levels low.
Androgen, a male hormone also produced in women, is high in concentration in women suffering from PCOS, which leads to excess facial hair. Women with PCOS are also insulin resistant – this means that the insulin produced in the body is not utilized properly, resulting in more secretion of insulin by the hormone producing glands.
These abnormalities in the hormone levels can be managed with regular exercise, anti-androgen drugs as prescribed by your doctor and diabetes medications which decrease the blood sugar level and also testosterone levels.
Diet plays a main role while dealing with PCOS. A strict no – no for PCOS are – Junk food, excess of sweets, food with high glycemic index and Deep fried food. You should eat diet rich in protein, roughage, nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
High glycemic index foods are – which release instant energy when consumed by the body. Some common examples are soft-drinks, white bread, white rice, potatoes, beer and cakes. These should be frequently avoided. Food with trans fat and saturated fats are also harmful for you.
Eat a lot of fruits, green leafy vegetables, and pulses. Eat small amount of meals at frequent intervals to keep your metabolism active and manage insulin levels. Also avoid high sugar intake. Drink green tea which is high in anti-oxidants. Also eat all bright colored fruits and vegetables which are high in anti-oxidants. The number of free radicals in the bodies of Women with PCOS is high, which leads to abnormal hair growth patterns. These free – radicals can be curbed by consuming foods rich in anti-oxidants.
Also, carbohydrates are said to increase sugar levels of the body. If clubbed with proteins, the increase in blood sugar due to carbohydrates is kept in check. Cereals, sprouts, legumes and whole-grains are also beneficial and help manage your blood sugar levels and metabolism.