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Diet for PCOS: What should you eat and what should you avoid?

7.2.2022 · 2 min reading
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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that throws off women's hormone balance and causes a number of metabolic problems. However, doctors say that a proper diet can alleviate the symptoms of this disease, so let's take a look at what you should eat. It's not really a diet per se, it's more of a change in lifestyle and eating habits.

Were you diagnosed with PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder caused by an imbalance in female and male hormones, in which a woman’s body produces more of the male hormone testosterone than usual. This imbalance causes the ovaries to ovulate less often. A typical feature of this illness is a number of small cysts in the ovarian cortex.

Too much testosterone and insulin

PCOS is also known to cause the same metabolic disorders as metabolic syndrome – patients have lower insulin sensitivity, impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes or higher cholesterol levels. This is why doctors also focus on the patient’s lifestyle, particularly diet, when treating this syndrome.

PCOS can be alleviated through proper diet

Doctors recommend focusing on three basic parameters: the glycemic index, an anti-inflammatory diet, and the DASH diet. Let’s take a look at how this affects the body:

A list for your refrigerator

Knowing what to eat is never easy, and this is especially true if you’re suffering from PCOS. To help you with what you should add to your shopping cart and what to avoid, we’ve prepared a list of specific foods that will help you organize your diet. If you have PCOS, don’t forget:

Food you should say ‘NO’ to

Simply put, women with PCOS should avoid products that are generally known to be unhealthy. These include sweets, refined carbohydrates (white bread, crackers, puffed rice cakes, etc.), fried foods, sweet drinks, processed meat (sausages), solid fats (margarine and lard). You should also say NO to food containing soy and seed oils.

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