The number of women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is growing by leaps and bounds. This is characterized by irregular periods, hormonal imbalances and the formation of small cysts on the ovaries.

In an interview, Dr N Sapna Lulla, a leading gynaecologist from Bangalore stated, “PCOS is a hormonal disorder caused by an excess of androgens or male hormones, produced by the ovaries. This hormonal imbalance can disturb the menstrual cycle and prevent eggs from being released for ovulation. Women with PCOS frequently have irregular periods, acne, excessive hair growth and weight gain. PCOS can raise your risk of infertility, diabetes and cardiovascular disease if left untreated.”

DIET is the key factor to keep PCOS in check. Dr. N Sapna Lulla strongly suggests, “Consume a well- balanced diet rich in whole grains, lean proteins, fruit, vegetables and healthy fats. High-processed foods, sugary drinks and refined carbohydrates should be avoided because they can aggravate insulin resistance and inflammation. Consuming foods with a low glycemic index can aid in blood sugar regulation. Integrating anti-inflammatory foods, such as fatty fish, nuts and seeds can provide additional benefits. A dietician can assist you in developing a personalized meal plan that is tailored to your specific needs.”

Staying active and exercising daily also keeps PCOS in check. Excessive weight leads to hormonal imbalance. Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise that includes aerobic and strength training. Even losing 5% of one’s body weight can improve hormonal imbalance and boost fertility. Establishing a proper sleep routine and reducing stress, can also greatly help in improving overall health.

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