Role of Diet in PCOS Symptoms Management

PCOS is a typical women’s problem troubling their reproductive abilities. It is generally characterized by irregular menses and sudden weight gain. Most women suffering from PCOS find themselves overweight in addition to the problem of unwanted hair growth on face, neck and abdomen. Over production of hormones cause the formation of multiple cysts in the ovaries.

Role of Diet in PCOS Symptoms Management

Now, the point is can your diet help make a difference to your PCOS condition. A healthy diet impacts your overall health and so it becomes more crucial to plan a diet in order to manage your PCOS symptoms. It can help in maintaining healthy weight and regulating insulin levels.

Connection Between diet and PCOS:

A lot of women suffering from PCOS are found to be insulin resistant or possessing high insulin levels. Higher levels of insulin may deviate the hormonal functioning of the body causing more production of androgen. This is what makes it very important to regulate the blood insulin levels. If you ignore it and keep taking a diet high in refined carbohydrates, your blood insulin level is going to rise.

Let us have a look on what should you include and what to exclude in your diet for better management of PCOS:

Foods you should include in your diet:

  • Green leafy vegetables high in nutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron etc.
  • Foods rich in Vitamin B as it play an important role in managing the symptoms of PCOS
  • Mineral and Fibre rich fresh fruits like cherries, apple, plums, orange etc.
  • Colorful vegetables high in antioxidants like carrots, tomatoes, Bell Peppers

Foods you should avoid:

  • Foods with high Glycaemic Index like mashed potatoes, rice cakes etc
  • Foods high in Saturated and transfats like red meat, can cause increased production of Oestrogen so they should be avoided
  • High amount of dairy products like milk
  • Soy products are a big no for women with PCOS

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Dr Rita Bakshi

Dr. Rita Bakshi is a well renowned gynaecologsts and obstetrician with a rich experience of more than 20 years in the field of Assisted Reproductive technology (ART). Dr. Rita has extensive experience in all fields of assisted conception, with a special interest in IVF and Egg Donor Surrogacy. She’s also the founder of ADIVA group of Hospitals. During the past two decades of service, Dr. Rita Bakshi has brought happiness to thousands of couples and performed over 6000 caesarean sections, 3000 Hysterectomies, 1000 cases of IVF annually with a success rate of over 45%. She takes your dreams seriously and focuses on the long term and best interests of the child, the surrogate and the intended parent(s).