We, women, are the best innovation of GOD. As men always said that we are complicated, yes, we are complicated. Because we go through several phases in our life. Our body goes through several changes, several processes, and several diseases also. Every year, every month there is a hormonal cycle in our body which affects us physically, mentally and emotionally. PCOS is one of the syndromes which many of us are unaware of.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the foremost cause of delay or no menstrual cycle, unwanted hair growth infertility, and stress also. PCOS basically affects the hormone levels of females. Our reproductive organs release progesterone and estrogen to modulate the menstrual cycle. It also produces a slight amount of male hormone called androgens. The ovary releases eggs or ovum every month, the process named as ovulation. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH) manage the ovulation. FSH vitalizes the ovary to produce a follicle or sac that consists of egg or ovum, while LH stimulates the ovary to generate mature egg.
In PCOS, numerous fluid composed sacs grow inside the ovary consisting of immature eggs or ovum which are not adequate to stimulate ovulation.
The common symptoms of PCOS are
- Unwanted hair growth
- Weight gain
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Heavy bleeding
- Stress and mood swinging
If PCOS becomes chronic, it leads to several other disorders like diabetes, endometrial cancer, heart disorders and stroke.
Several medication systems are employed for the treatment PCOS. But first treatment begins at home, if we make some changes in our daily lifestyle and diet. There are some foods that should be avoided in PCOS.
- High glycemic index food
Foods with high glycemic index are tasty to eat. It is very difficult to stay away from these. It is difficult to resist food items like cakes, muffins, mashed potatoes, white rice, biscuits, pasta, flavored yogurt, icecreams, and dry fruits etc. as well as drinks like soda, packaged fruit juices, and packaged soups. These items have high glycemic index. In PCOS condition, there is already elevation in insulin level. The intake of high glycemic foods raises the blood sugar level immediately and to control that a heavy amount of insulin is released by the pancreas which can worsen the PCOS condition.
- Dairy products:
Milk is an essential part of the diet and other dairy products like yogurt, cheese, butter, buttermilk provide us various vitamins and nutrients. But dairy products can also make the PCOS worse. As we know the dairy products are very much beneficial for male hormone testosterone. Milk can raise the level of testosterone in the body which is good for males but bad for females suffering from PCOS. An increase in male hormone in PCOS disrupts the menstrual cycle.
- Soy Products:
Soy products are a rich source of proteins. It is a better alternative for milk. But it should be avoided in PCOS as it can delay the ovulation. So women suffering from PCOS should not take the soy products.
- Unhealthy fats:
Fats such as saturated fats fats like red meat, fish and dairy products, hydrogenated fats, and trans fats should be avoided in PCOS. These fats may get deposited in ovaries & cause insulin resistance, thus worsening PCOS
As we all know consumption of alcohol is injurious to health. Still folks indulge themselves in the consumption of alcohol. It is injurious to a healthy person as well as the females suffering from PCOS. Liver abolishes the surplus amount of estrogen. The regular alcohol drinking affects the liver. Alcohol flushing becomes the prime work for liver due to which excess amount of estrogen can not be controlled. This can lead to elevated estrogen amount in the body and promotes obesity.
Though caffeine works as a brain stimulant but it has bad effect in PCOS. Excess intake of caffeine affects the fertility in females. Caffeine may enhance the level of estradiol in the body, which is not good for PCOS.
For all the PCOS patients, it is important to follow good dietary habbits.
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