Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common medical condition that affects 1 out of 10 women of childbearing age reports the Office on Women’s Health. The condition causes hormone imbalances and metabolism problems. PCOS is also a treatable cause of infertility. When a woman suffers from PCOS, during ovulation the egg does not form properly or is not released normally. Resulting in irregular or missed periods. This can cause infertility and ovarian cysts.
One of the treatments for PCOS is changing your diet. The changes are focused on weight loss and managing the hormone that regulates glucose in the body. Losing weight will lower blood glucose levels, which will improve how your body uses that hormone. In this article, we’ll cover all the diet changes that can benefit someone with PCOS. We will also talk about how exercise and working with healthcare professionals can get your hormone levels back to their normal state to keep you healthy long term.
Cut Down on Carbohydrates
The PCOS hormonal imbalances can cause some nasty effects like abnormal hair growth, weight gain, infertility, and acne. According to Healthline “Approximately 70% of women with PCOS have resistance [to the hormone that regulates glucose in the body], which is when your cells stop recognizing the effects of the hormone.” If you lower your carbohydrate intake you will be lowering the impact of carbs on your hormone levels.
The worst carbohydrates are those with a high glycemic index (GI) like white bread, potatoes, fries, and white rice. The GI is a measurement of how quickly foods raise your blood sugar.
Foods with a low GI are digested slower, which helps prevent your levels from rising too quickly. These foods are oatmeal, apples, beans, whole-wheat pasta, and non-starchy vegetables. High levels of the hormone that regulates glucose in the body are associated with an increase in body fat and weight gain. So cut those carbs to lose weight and improve PCOS!