PCOS problem: it's causes and treatment by diet and exercise.


Hi readers,

What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for the polycystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS problem is the most common endocrine disorder in reproduction aged women. PCOS problems can strike at a young age as well. It affects 6-15% of women at childbearing age.

Causes: Our body regulates various hormones and these hormones help in the normal functioning of our body. Imbalance in hormones can cause several problems and the PCOS problem is one such. The ovaries build up a number of small follicles but are not capable of releasing eggs due to multiple cysts in the ovaries, which is caused by the overproduction of androgen hormone.

PCOS Test: There is no such test that can diagnose PCOS in the early stages. Only physical appearances like acne, gestational diabetes, miscarriage or premature birth, excessive hair growth (on neck, chest, back or hips) depression, anxiety, eating discord, high blood pressure, oily skin, thinning and hair loss from scalp, irregular or prolonged menstrual cycle, weight gain, abnormal uterine bleeding, and infertility are some of the symptoms that may occur due to PCOS.


Can PCOS be cured?

There is no cure yet, but you can decrease or eliminate the symptoms of PCOS by following a proper diet and regular exercise.

Exercises: Regular physical activity is essential for the overall well being of every individual and it is actually the PCOS treatment. Exercise not only helps with weight management and improves mood but also can help with fertility, lower disease risks with numerous other health benefits. Walking is one of the best activities for the PCOS problem because it can be done anywhere. Your walk should maintain a pattern that includes 5 mins of moderate pace and then 5 mins of fast pace alternatively.

Swimming, aerobics or Zumba are great for women with PCOS.
Symptoms associated with PCOS can cause stress which can be reduced by yoga and meditation.


A proper diet can help to reduce the symptoms of PCOS.

Following food items should be included in your diet to decrease PCOS problems:

  1. High fiber vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, almonds, berries, green and red pepper, beans, lentils, etc.
  2. Lean proteins such as fish, tofu and chicken.
  3. Anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric, spinach, walnuts, olive oil, blueberries,   strawberries, omega 3 fatty acids, etc.

Food items that should be avoided in PCOS are:

  1. High carbohydrates food items such as white bread, muffins, etc.
  2. Sugary snacks and drinks.
  3. Sweets, pastries, etc.
Making positive lifestyle changes are keys to manage your PCOS problems.


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