Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common health condition found in one out of 10 women. PCOS can also lead to other serious health challenges, such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, depression, and an increased risk of endometrial cancer.
While there is no cure for PCOS, there are ways to combat the symptoms. Eating a well-balanced diet made up primarily of real, whole foods is an effective strategy for weight loss. Getting regular exercise can also help not only with weight loss but with reducing inflammation and insulin resistance
Healthy eating can play a big role when dealing with PCOS.
Here are some foods to avoid if you have PCOS:
1. Food with High Sugar
Women with PCOS should avoid insulin-spiking and inflammatory foods, as these will contribute to both imbalances in blood sugar levels, and insulin, and disrupt gut health.
When you have PCOS you also have a higher risk of getting diabetes. As insulin and glycemic levels are already high in your body, eating complex carbs or sugar will make your situation worse. Also, excess sugar will add to your PCOS weight. Therefore, avoid artificial sweeteners, packaged juices, sugary sweets, and candies.
2. Processed junk
Processed foods contain high amounts of salt and preservatives which aren’t healthy. Also, these foods are filled with unhealthy species, trans fats, and artificial sweeteners that contribute to the growth of bad cholesterol and affect the blood pressure of the body. Junk and fried foods increase the glycemic index and also trigger diabetes. These are the major factors behind obesity.
3. Dairy foods
Dairy foods are not strictly prohibited for women with PCOS, you can consume milk and products to enjoy their nutritive values but in a limit. Excess consumption of dairy which is a carbohydrate can lead to an increase in blood glucose levels and also stimulate insulin growth factors. Therefore, maintain a balanced diet with the required diary content.
4. Fried Food
Fried foods like fritters and Indian deep-fried foods should be avoided. They are rich in saturated or hydrogenated fats. These unhealthy fats can increase estrogen production, which can make your PCOS symptoms worse.
5. Gluten foods
If you have PCOS then you should definitely limit your gluten consumption and if possible switch to a gluten-free diet. Avoid gluten foods such as wheat-based bread, pasta, or cereals that are very commonly consumed on an everyday basis. These are high in glycemic index, which can spike your blood glucose level and also contribute to weight gain. Limit your white bread, white rice, and pasta consumption you improve your insulin production and resistance.
Although there is currently no cure for PCOS, it is possible for a person to reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life by adopting a healthy diet and becoming more physically active.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and eating healthful fats, lean proteins, and moderate amounts of low-GI carbohydrates can help a person manage PCOS.
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