There is no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome but there are steps you can take to alleviate the symptoms of the condition. Perhaps the most important way to address PCOS is through weight control.
It's estimated that over half of women with PCOS are clinically obese. In some cases, the condition itself caused the weight gain, but in most instances the obesity was caused by the usual diet and lifestyle choices.
Weight loss is important for women with PCOS, as being obese increases the risk of a number of unhealthy conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and hormonal imbalance. It can also further worsen the menstrual problems caused by polycystic ovary syndrome.
Women who have long struggled with their weight may assume there is no point trying to slim down to improve their PCOS. They're never been a size ten or a size eight so why even bother trying.
However, studies has shown that even just a 5% reduction is weight can have a significant affect on the symptoms of POCS. Half a stone could dramatically improve your life with the condition
Weight loss can also greatly improve your chances of becoming pregnancy with polycystic ovary syndrome. And what better incentive could there be than having a baby.
Losing weight helps address POCS in many ways but the key impact is the lowering of insulin levels. High insulin levels significantly contributse to the main symptoms of PCOS as well the risk of heart disease in the future.
This link between PCOS and insulin is why a a low glycemic index diet is recommended for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Such diets help prevent he rapid changes in blood sugar levels that can cause elevated insulin levels.
However, as with all forms of weight loss, the best results are achieved through a combination of healthy eating and a regular exercise routine. Moderate exercise at least three times a week can have a tremendous effect on your PCOS symptoms.
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