Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome and commonly known as PCOS is a medical condition the rates of which are increasing in the female population world over. A survey indicates that 1 in 10 women experience with PCOS sometimes in their lifespan, the condition is not age-related as popular belief suggests, any woman in their teenage, 20s, 30s, 40s can have this condition. PCOS is caused by abnormal levels of the male hormone androgen, women do have these male hormones in them, and in healthy condition the levels are low and in check.
The exact cause of the imbalance of hormones in females is not known, but it does run in the family sometimes, there could be a genetic link to having PCOS. PCOS can effect a women in many ways emotionally and physically– common symptoms are excessive facial hair, acne, irregular periods, infertility, bloating, weight gain, increased blood Insulin, depression and anxiety. Many women with PCOS have tiny cysts or sacs on the ovaries, PCOS is known to effect ovulation and thus can hinder in conceiving naturally.
Efforts must be taken to prevent this condition as it puts a woman at higher risk of getting a heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. PCOS is often controlled with a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and diet. It is very important to lose weight and remain in a healthy weight, PCOS is preventable to some extent with healthy diet and exercise.
You have to steer clear of refined carbohydrates and sugary foods like sodas, candies and baked goods. You need to eat more fiber-rich foods to prevent Insulin resistance, foods like whole grains, beans, legumes, lean meat, organic dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables should be your top priority.
Remember to never completely eliminate any food group from your diet, whether it is carbohydrates or fats. Use healthy oils including olive oil, peanut oil, drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. Do aerobic exercise five times a week and build lean muscles with resistance training.