WHAT IS PCOD OR PCOS AND ITS CURE
Polycystic Ovary Disorder (PCOD) or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic and hormonal disease. It is caused when a female’s body is unable to complete its monthly ovulation process. The cysts observed on the lining of enlarged ovaries are actually, immature eggs that have not matured enough to be ejected out of the body and hence are stuck on the ovary walls which looked like a string of pearls. Various pelvic and physical examination, blood tests and ultra sound is done to diagnose PCOS
This leads to an imbalance in the hormone levels of the body, contributing to the rise of the androgen levels. These hormones lead to thinning of hair or excessive hair fall, mood changes, excessive unwanted hair growth on face, weight changes, trouble losing weight, ovarian cysts, fatigue, low sex drive, insulin resistance, acne, trouble conceiving or infertility, irregular of periods or missed period. It is often observed the women suffering from PCOS have less than 8 menstruation cycles in a year
According to the research these days teenagers are suffering more from PCOS. The reason being sedentary lifestyle; erratic eating habits which leads to obesity albeit not all obese women have PCOS or PCOD but obesity does play a role and leads to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver. Other reasons being lack of healthy sleep, stress, and less physical activity.
India is on rise, especially teenagers of rural and semi urban areas as it is still a taboo to talk about menstruation. It is considering a sensitive topic as a result it is never diagnosed.
PCOS is not completely related with obesity. It is in a few cases does have hereditary factor; it can pass down to the generations. It can also cause due to lack of Vitamin D, Iodine deficiency, adrenal stress, thyroid.
CURE FOR PCOS
PCOS isn’t terminal but if not taken precautions it can lead to life threating diseases like diabetes and blood pressure, anxiety and depression.
Well, there is no defined cure for PCOS so far but it can be reversed or eliminated through medication; include birth control pills to regulate periods, a balanced and healthy regime. In some grave cases it requires surgery. According to the research PCOD or PCOS known as lifestyle disease often in major cases it tends to come back. Hence it is essential to follow a strict diet chart and healthy lifestyle.
The biggest treatment for PCOS is Self-care which includes prominently weight loss.
Reduce your carbohydrates intake, reducing the carbs may help in managing PCOS as it impacts on insulin levels.
Eat enough protein like eggs, chicken, pulses, soya and food rich in proteins.
Increase the intake of healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, salmon, tofu, walnut, flax seeds, chia seeds, eggs and so on.
Try fermented foods for a healthy gut and great digestion such as curd, kimchi salad, spiced kanji, kombucha; it is light, sweetened green or black fermented tea, swap refined flour bread with sour dough bread and pickled vegetables.
Practiced mindful eating, it is not what you eat but how you eat. Overeating is major concern for weight gain, eat in small portion and stop eating when you start feeling full. Always fill your bellies 80% only.
Limit Processed foods andadded sugars like chips, beverages, canned fruits, daily intake of refined flour,
Be active!! It is crucial do indulge in some physical activity like cardio; dancing, swimming, running, and weight training to lessen the effects of PCOS. Yoga too helps in maintain a healthy body and keeps our emotions balanced and helps you to keep your weight under control.
It is always best to ask your doctor regarding a weight control programme or contact and meet your nutritionist or dietician for weight loss goals.