Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 4% to 18% of reproductive-aged women and is associated with reproductive, metabolic and psychological dysfunction. Obesity worsens the presentation of PCOS and weight management (weight loss, maintenance or prevention of excess weight gain) is proposed as an initial treatment strategy, best achieved through lifestyle changes incorporating diet, exercise and behavioural interventions.
Here are a few lifestyle changes that you can make to manage your PCOS well :
- Pack Protein Rich Snacks : Try trail mix with a piece of fruit, gluten-free crackers or sliced apples with single serving packets of almond butter, or hard boiled eggs, single serving packets of organic hummus and veggie sticks.
- Remember Your Supplements : In addition to following your usual regime, use specialised supplements. Speak to your doctor to know which supplements is good for you.
- Stick to a Healthy Breakfast : Breakfast sets the tone for the day and can moderate your blood sugar. Mix rolled oats, nuts, dried fruits,s needs, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little coconut sugar in single serving sandwich bags. Add hot water in a paper cup or mug and enjoy it anywhere.
- Hydrate : Bring a BPA-free water bottle and keep it filled. You can also add apple cider vinegar. sliced lemons, or berries to your water.
- Move it : Stretch, skip.
Lifestyle intervention improves body composition, hyperandrogenism (high male hormones and clinical effects) and insulin resistance in women with PCOS. These suggestions are not a substitute for the treatment or medication suggested by your doctor. For any further details contact your gynaecologist.