What is PCOS?
If you are diagnosed with PCOS ,it will not affect you if you know how to manage it thru change in diet and lifestyle
Here are some things that you should know about this disease:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome has a strong genetic link. This means that you developed this health condition because one or both of your parents have the genes for PCOS. What’s interesting about this condition is that, although a male could not develop the symptoms of PCOS, he can pass on the genes to his offspring easily.
Females who have the genes can also do the same. PCOS can skip a generation, so it’s possible for a grandchild of a PCOS patient to develop the symptoms, even if her mother didn’t have PCOS at all her life.
- PCOS can develop early in life. You don’t have to be fifty and menopausal to develop polycystic ovarian syndrome. Some females develop PCOS symptoms as early as thirteen years of age. This makes PCOS look really threatening as a chronic condition but if we look at how it is managed, then we can easily see that it can be beaten with the right management techniques.
- PCOS is primarily a hormonal problem. Excessive stress, poor stress management, and lack of sleep can also affect your hormones, and can even magnify the issues brought about by PCOS.
manage your PCOS thru exercise
Many people think that health conditions like PCOS can only be managed through prescription medication (the same way that the majority of people with chronic high blood pressure rely on drugs purely to control their symptoms).
The truth of the matter is that if people only got up from their couches to exercise, they would be able to reverse the negative effects of many health conditions, including polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Believe it or not, PCOS can be treat naturally, regular exercise can contribute greatly to balancing your hormones once again. Studies show that exercise increases a person’s basal metabolic rate, and also helps improve hormone production in both men and women.
This means that exercise can naturally increase estrogen production in women, and can also help increase androgen secretion in men. Hormonal problems can also cause unwanted weight gain. Exercise can also help counter this by improving your body’s ability to burn calories, even if you are at rest. The more calories you burn, the less likely you are to gain weight in the long term.
PCOS patients should also watch what they eat because they have a higher risk for developing insulin resistance (which can lead to type 2 diabetes) and high blood pressure.
Fast food should be limited or phased out completely. The same rule applies to processed foods and sugary beverages like soda. Refined sugar is actually a very concentrated source of energy, so it is very easy to consume too much.
Women with PCOS can develop skin conditions, such as acne vulgaris, if they have a much higher concentration of androgen (the male hormone) in their bodies.
Exercise can help reduce androgen levels and increase the natural production of estrogen (the female hormone), thus reducing the impact of PCOS on the body
Let’s talk about diet. How can you begin improving your daily diet to suit your changing needs as a PCOS patient? Here are some fast tips to get you started:
- Avoid beverages that are loaded with refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and artificial sweeteners. The first two are bad for the body because they are loaded with empty calories. The last one is still not recommended for patients with PCOS because current studies show that artificial sweetening agents, such as aspartame, have a negative effect on the hormones. Additionally, aspartame has also been linked to the increased incidence of rogue growths in the body (e.g. brain tumors).
- Processed meats such as bacon and sausages may taste good, but they’re packed with cholesterol and an excessive number of calories per serving. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t eat bacon again, but you should really watch how much you are eating on a weekly basis. Try to limit yourself to half a serving, and cut down your consumption to two or three times a week.