Suffering from PCOS?
PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a hormonal condition that affects some young women, often resulting in insulin resistance. This is when the body does not use insulin well, resulting in too much insulin in the body.
Excess insulin has been linked to an increase in production of androgen, a male hormone made in fat cells, ovaries and adrenal glands.
Changing eating habits and getting more exercise can help to manage PCOS. Moderate weight loss (about 10 percent of total body weight) can help regulate blood sugar and normalise menstrual cycles.
Some Eating Tips For PCOS
– Focus on whole-grain foods, vegetables, fruit, lean meats and low-fat or fat-free.
– Go with regular meals or snacks every three to four hours – avoid skipping meals.
– High-fibre, unrefined, low GI carbohydrates will help keep blood sugar levels normal.
– Replace unhealthy fats with healthy ones, like olive and canola oils, walnuts, almonds and avocados.
– Good protein option are lean meats, fish, poultry and low-fat dairy.
– Drink low or no-kilojoule beverages – steer clear of high-kilojoule, sugar-laden and alcoholic drinks.