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PCOS: diets that experts recommend to ease symptoms

Jan 14, 2021 07:57 IST

Approximately one out of 10 women of childbearing age suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS, according to Medical News Today. Most of these women are often unaware that they have the syndrome. Some common symptoms include irregular periods, weight gain, acne and heavy bleeding. Many women with PCOS also report cysts in the ovaries. 

According to studies conducted in the past, certain dietary and lifestyle changes can help lower the impact of the syndrome. While there is no fixed diet for PCOS, experts believe including foods that help you lose weight, could be beneficial. Foods that have a low  glycemic index should be eaten. These include legumes, whole grains, nuts and starchy vegetables. These food items do not cause insulin levels to rise rapidly. 

Anti-inflammatory foods like fatty fish and extra virgin olive oil will also be beneficial as they will help reduce symptoms of fatigue, induced by PCOS. 

Experts often recommend the DASH diet to reduce symptoms. This ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’ diet is rich in poultry, low-fat dairy products and fish. 

Besides these dietary changes, exercise is an important step to take if you have been diagnosed with PCOS. Experts recommend that losing 5 to 10 percent of your body fat could help regulate your menstrual cycle. 

It is advisable to see an expert if symptoms do not come under control.