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Managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: a nutritionist's approach

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder that affects women of reproductive age, often leading to infertility. Women who are diagnosed with #PCOS can have a range of signs, symptoms and associated complications, including no ovulation, missed or irregular periods, obesity, sleep problems, impaired glucose tolerance, high blood pressure, acne, alopecia, anxiety and depression and excessive growth of male-like hair. Whilst it's still relatively uncertain, it’s possible that this condition is linked to both genetic and lifestyle factors. And so, here are a few recommendations from a nutritionist perspective that may help to manage this condition.

Support glucose metabolism

  • Eat a fibre-rich diet e.g. wholegrains, legumes, vegetables and fruits

  • Avoid high glycaemic index foods e.g. white breads, white rice, pastas, sugary cakes and lollies

Maintain a healthy weight

  • Choose well-balanced whole foods diet

  • Watch portion sizes

  • Reduce saturated and trans fatty acids (mostly processed foods) but include healthy fats like olive oil, avocado and fatty fish

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