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PCOS and Weight Management

Written by Dr. Deepali Mohan Pohane.  

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PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal disorder in women. Studies and observations have shown that proper weight management has resolved many issues associated with PCOS.

PCOS Is Characterized By:

  • Menstrual irregularities.
  • Excess androgen.
  • Ultrasound features of multiple small follicles arranged in the periphery of the ovary.

It Causes Symptoms Such As:

  1. Heavy menses.
  2. Infertility.
  3. Miscarriages.
  4. Abnormal uterine bleeding.
  5. Anxiety.
  6. Stress.
  7. Depression.
  8. Acne.
  9. Excessive facial hair growth.
  10. Weight gain.

Long studies and cumulative data reflect that there are two kinds of PCOS, with central obesity (fat accumulation in the abdomen) and peripheral obesity (fat accumulation in the hips, buttocks, and thighs). Obesity has been directly and indirectly linked to the cholesterol levels in the human body. Hormones are the derivatives of cholesterol and therefore any changes in cholesterol levels reflect on those of the hormones.

Excessive obesity leads to an imbalance in FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) and in turn, this leads to menstrual irregularities. This is seen most commonly in case of central obesity. Weight reduction has shown promising results on the regularization of menses in central obesity patients.

A Combination of Calorie-Burning Exercises and a Balanced Low Cholesterol Diet Helps in Weight Management

  1. Doing yoga, aerobics, cardio exercises, brisk walking, and healthy food intake help in reducing weight.
  2. Taking medication for weight reduction is not a great idea as the weight rebounds once the medication is stopped.
  3. Heavy calorie-burning exercises like skipping, swimming, and cycling are good options.
  4. Cutting down on oily food is a must.
  5. Avoid taking cheesy food, junk food, and oily stuff. Instead, take more of juices and fruits.
  6. Increase consumption of green leafy vegetables.
  7. Try to take more of steamed, boiled and baked vegetables and meat instead of fried versions.

I strongly suggest the strategy of strict weight management in case of PCOS and resolving the issues by the above-mentioned methods.

For more information consult a polycystic ovaries specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist/polycystic-ovaries

Last reviewed at: 26.Nov.2018



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