Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of infertility in women around in the world. This condition is characterized by the presence of small cysts in ovaries that inhibit healthy egg production leading to difficulty in conception.
It is rarely curable but one can regulate PCOS symptoms with doctor’s advice. The most common symptoms of PCOS are obesity, acne, mood disorders, polycystic ovaries and irregular menstrual cycles. All these symptoms may lead to infertility and even cardiovascular diseases. In addition, PCOS may also lead to abnormal menstrual bleeding, darkening of the skin in the armpits or at back of the neck and, in some cases, recurrent miscarriages. PCOS can be managed both with medication and without medication through lifestyle tweaks. Sometimes, PCOS may also result in Type 2 diabetes if not treated in early stages.
So let’s take a quick look at how to treat PCOS naturally.
Eating healthy breakfast is a must. The time of calorie consumption has a huge impact on the glucose, insulin and testosterone levels in your body. So if a woman having PCOS eats a high-calorie breakfast every day, an evident improvement is noticed in the glucose and insulin levels. In addition, a 50% drop in the testosterone levels in observed in women who consume a light dinner as compared to those who consume heavy meals at night. Therefore, a PCOS patient should have low-calorie foods towards the evening. It is advised to take 5 meals a day instead of the usual 3.
PCOS patients will also benefit by reducing consumption of AGEs or Advanced Glycation End Products. Doing this helps control glucose levels. Foods with higher AGEs are processed and meat-based products. Other cause of increased AGEs in food is when it is cooked on high flame – grilling and roasting. To have a healthy and balanced diet, increase your intake of whole grains and cut-down on simple carbohydrates like potatoes, flour and rice.
Have Vitamin D and calcium supplements daily. When consumed with metformin (1500 mg) daily, these supplements improve BMI level, menstrual cycle difficulties and other symptoms.
Regular intake of magnesium and chromium supplements result in improved insulin sensitivity. Diabetes is usually caused by low magnesium levels in the body. Daily intake of magnesium helps in increasing insulin sensitivity in your body.300 mg of magnesium is sufficient to lower insulin levels and live a healthy life (Note: Metformin works in the same way as magnesium to influence insulin levels).
Daily intake of Omega-3 supplements helps in stabilizing androgen levels. Women who consume 3 grams of omega -3 every day have noticed a gradual decline in androgen levels in their body.