Diet to improve PCOS fertility

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There are proven PCOS diet strategies which will help you control the disease and improve your fertility. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common reproductive hormone disease among premenopausal women. Common symptoms of PCOS include: obesity and difficulty losing weight, excessive hair growth and acne, and infertility and irregular menstrual cycles.

Stop restrictive dieting

A good diet is one that nourishes the body with an appropriate amount of nutrients and calories. Starvation diets do not accomplish this. Healthy eating should be enjoyable even when losing weight. Look for whole foods, minimally processed, when shopping or ordering from a menu.

Control blood sugar and insulin spikes

Weight gain with PCOS is often linked to insulin and glucose metabolism irregularities. It is insulin’s job to control blood sugar, but insulin also signals your body to store fat. High levels of insulin will also trigger a surge in the production of androgens, a male hormone, which can worsen symptoms of PCOS. With insulin resistance, blood sugar increases in spite of high levels of insulin. Eventually type 2 diabetes may develop. A good, strong diet can help avert this. Reducing sugary carbs is the first step in controlling insulin levels. Cut out breads, pasta, potatoes, cereal, high carb fruits and vegetables and processed snack foods.

Exercise every day

Exercise can help in many ways. Certainly burning calories will help with weight control, but regular exercise also regulates blood glucose levels, offers a mood boost through the release of endorphins, and gets the body ready for major health changes (like pregnancy).

Talk to the doc

Before starting any diet and exercise program, talk to your doctor and let her know your goal is pregnancy through PCOS control.

Source: Science Daily, ADA


 
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