Prevention is better than cure
An old saying about which we all are aware, but never implemented. In this modern age of the rat race, we all are busy in earning wealth by losing health. In this article, we are going to discuss a condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as PCOS…which have affected up to 10 percent of women of childbearing age♥.
What is PCOS?
Mood swings – the word that is commonly used for women, is a condition of hormonal changes. With the aging process, women’s body undergoes various genetic and endocrine disorders. One of these endocrine disorders is PCOS i.e. polycystic ovarian syndrome in which a woman’s hormones are out of whack.
It is a condition of enlargement of ovaries due to an imbalance of the reproductive hormones causing filling of the ovary by fluid-filled cysts. Thus causing problems with menstrual periods and making it difficult to conceive. If not treated, it can cause insulin-resistant diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol which will lead to heart disease.
In a normal healthy female body, both female sex hormones and little male sex hormones (androgen) are produced for the normal development of the ovary in each menstrual cycle. But in PCOS, there is an imbalance of these hormones i.e. the ovaries start churning out more androgen causing an irregular menstrual cycle, facial hair growth, thinning of hair, fertility problem, and hirsutism.
Generally, in each menstrual cycle one or more eggs are released (a process called ovulation). But in this endocrine disorder, the eggs in the sacs known as follicles within the ovaries do not get matured and are not released from the ovaries forming small cysts in the ovaries i.e. polycystic ovaries.
- irregular periods or no periods at all
- difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)
- excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
- weight gain
- thinning of hair and hair loss from the head
- oily skin or acne
PCOS Treatments & Diets
The first line of treatment for PCOS is modifying the lifestyle which includes changes in diet, increasing daily activity and participating in a regular exercise program because it not only helps in maintaining a healthy weight but also helps in lowering insulin production after meals. Following these changes can reduce both insulin resistance and androgen levels and can restore ovulation.
Knock the door of the kitchen!! And you will find the remedies in food!!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has an anti – glycemic effect resulting in reduced production of insulin while regulating the levels of sugar present in the bloodstream.
Flaxseed is enriched with the high amount of lignin that binds to the male sex hormone (testosterone) in the blood. After binding, it promotes its excretion resulting in fewer side effects caused by the imbalance of hormones.
Bitter gourd has a potent effect on regulating blood insulin levels. It has the insulin-like component called polypeptide-p or p-insulin that may help in controlling the level of blood sugar. As it is low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates it aids in weight loss.
Spearmint tea has an anti-androgenic effect that helps in reducing the amount of male hormone produced in the body. With reduced production of androgen, there is relieve in the symptoms of hirsutism i.e. unwanted facial hair growth.
Vitamin –D is an important vitamin for the reproductive health of a female. Supplementation of Vitamin – D helps in regulating the metabolic and reproductive processes thus leads to reestablishment of the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
Due to the presence of medium-chain fatty acids and antioxidants, coconut oil helps in the regulation of blood sugar and insulin in the bloodstream. By reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, it also promotes cardiovascular health.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to regulate the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream after consumption of meals by interfering with the digestive enzymes that are involved in our glucose metabolism. It is also involved in reducing insulin resistance by improving insulin sensitivity.
Catechins – the potent antioxidants present in green tea are responsible for bringing down the levels of hormones that cause ovarian cyst and symptoms of PCOS. It also helps in controlling the levels of fasting insulin and cut down the levels of fasting glucose. It also has the potential to increase metabolism, resulting in shedding of extra pounds of fat.
Fenugreek seeds play an important role in the regulation of female hormones and menstrual cycle. These seeds have plenty of benefits along with its anti-inflammatory properties this seed also possess anti-diabetic and estrogenic properties that are beneficial in treating PCOS.
Aloe Vera Juice
This magical plant helps in reducing the levels of cholesterol and improves blood circulation, thus helps in restoring the status of ovarian steroids and help in relieving symptoms of PCOS.
Salmon Fish Oil
Omega – 3 present in this salmon fish oil capsule improves insulin sensitivity, resulting in reduced production of male hormones.
Get Tested, Get Sure!! Go for a full abdomen ultrasound on the second day of your period. And if it’s a yes, aside from going towards medical interventions, it would be better if we focus on some lifestyle changes that may improve symptoms — without the possibility of any side effects from medications.
For example, eliminate alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and sugar from your diet to reduce inflammation. Eliminate animal fats, processed foods, and dairy products. Go for a healthy and nutritious diet plan because a healthy woman makes a healthy family which in turn makes a healthy nation.
M.Sc. (Dietetics and Food Service Management). Passionate about sharing the healthy & balanced lifestyle needs to be followed in today’s era. Determined to motivate people more about their health & nutrition, by analyzing their dietary concerns and daily life challenges.